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Anaesthesia Continuing Education (ACE) responds to coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: UPDATE

Dear colleague

The Anaesthesia Continuing Education (ACE) team, representing the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), the Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA) and the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists (NZSA) has recently come together to discuss the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on all regional continuing medical education (CME) and special interest group (SIG) events that were scheduled in the coming months. More and more hospitals and health services are relying on our fellows, members and trainees to help prepare for and manage the outbreak of COVID-19 and importantly to provide the very best of care for our communities. There is simply not enough time in these clinicians’ busy days to either convene or attend CME or SIG meetings.

Also recognised and taken into consideration is the unacceptable risk of spreading the infection amongst delegates and the subsequent lengthy quarantine period that would be required, creating an unacceptable risk to our front line clinicians and the capacity of health systems in both Australia and New Zealand.

As such we have made the difficult decision to postpone the CME and SIG events scheduled to take place in June, July and August, 2020 and have started work and planning to move these meetings to 2021. Postponement later into 2020 was discussed and deemed unworkable.

The list of meetings that have been postponed are:

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SIG events 

The CME and SIG secretariats from ANZCA and the ASA are now working on providing information to all those who had registered for these meetings and have prepared a series of frequently asked questions to provide you with accurate information.

Those delegates who have already registered will receive further correspondence along with information on the process of refunds. All registered delegates for any of the postponed meetings will be offered a full refund. The best way to make contact at present is to email the events team and your email will be directed to the most appropriate secretariat for action.

We do ask for your patience as we work through the complexities of cancelling the meetings and please be assured that our professional team has a comprehensive and detailed plan to manage all contingencies. In addition to this communication, over the coming weeks our teams will also be contacting all people involved with the meetings, ranging from our presenters through to our suppliers.


UPDATE: Further 2020 CME and SIG postponements
With COVID-19 restrictions still in place across Australia and New Zealand and pressures continuing and still very evident on the anaesthesia and pain medicine workforce, the executive of Anaesthesia Continuing Education (ACE) has reviewed a number of regional CME events and SIG meetings scheduled to be held in the latter half of 2020.

It has been decided to postpone the following CME meetings until 2021:

The two SIG meetings, Obstetric Anaesthesia and Neuroanaesthesia, due to run as satellites to the 2020 ASA and NZSA combined scientific congress in Wellington have been postponed until 2022.

As meeting dates are confirmed we will promote this broadly via websites, social media and through e-newsletters.

I would like to acknowledge the enormous amount of work, thought and detailed activities undertaken by all involved in these CME and SIG meetings and also the disappointment they must now be feeling. Know that your work is greatly valued and we are looking forward to celebrating this work in 2021. This is obviously a difficult time for all conferences and all specialties, but we hope postponing till next year will allow this global pandemic to settle and for our front line clinicians to have rested and recovered.

We will be grateful for your continued support and we hope to see you at our ACE meetings in 2021. Thank you all for your understanding during what is a challenging and unprecedented time.

Dr David Elliott
ACE Chair


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Opportunities for Anaesthetic Consultants and Specialty Doctors Various locations throughout ScotlandNHS Scotland currently employs a workforce of over 163,000 staff across Acute, Primary Care, Community, and Health and Social Care Partnerships with many of their staff working across our 274 hospitals, which include large teaching centres, district general hospitals and smaller community based hospitals.

Anaesthesia Continuing Education (ACE) Quarterly Enews

Anaesthesia Continuing Education (ACE) Quarterly enews is distributed quarterly to the anaesthetists of Australia and New Zealand. The ACE enews provides a calendar of anaesthesia related events and continuing medical education (CME) activities in anaesthesia and related disciplines in Australia, New Zealand and internationally. If you would like to promote your events, please submit your details here or contact ACE website administrator.


Welcome to the Anaesthesia Continuing Education (ACE) website!


Anaesthesia Continuing Education (ACE) Committee is a tripartite body governed by the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, the Australian Society of Anaesthetists and the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists.

ACE Committee was established to promote and coordinate joint continuing medical education (CME) activities in anaesthesia and related disciplines in Australia and New Zealand.

ACE Committee is a great resource if you're looking for events to attend or need help organising and promoting an event of your own. It's also home to 17 Special Interest Groups, so if you have a special interest in any area of anaesthesia, you'll find a group representing it here!


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