Special Announcement from the President - 2021 Conference
3rd February 2021
Dear Members and Supporters,
In Australia one can recognise how fortunate we are to have reached a level of somewhat normalcy in our everyday lives – we are now able to see friends and family, easily buy supplies, send our children back to school and even travel interstate.
However, over the past few weeks we have seen how quickly and unpredictably restrictions and lockdowns have come into effect and how profoundly they impact our personal and professional lives, and those of our extended communities. Changing government public health limitations and employer restrictions on professional travel make it difficult to commit to almost anything.
Regretfully, this uncertainty makes it almost impossible for FMA to comfortably deliver our 2021 FMA National Conference in its much-loved format, which is due to take place in 16 weeks.
FMA Members who have been with our network for some time will be aware of the level of confident forward planning necessary for an FMA Conference to be held to the standard which is expected of us. Our Executive Committee, Conference Organisers, Program Advisory Committee and Steering Committee begin the process at least 18 months out from the event date.
The FMA Executive has considered all options, but we have concluded that when, taking planning timelines into account, and to provide the best and safest experience for our Members and supporters, the onsite Conference at Luna Park Sydney should be re-scheduled to May 2023.
This will allow all our usual Australian and overseas participants to enjoy the magnificent Luna Park venue, certainly something to look forward to! This venue is unlike any other, and promises a truly unforgettable FMA experience.
FMA has always been committed to providing the annual conference and we are now putting all our energy into delivering a first rate comprehensive Online FMA National Conference from 25 to 28 May 2021.
For those of you who attended the 2020 Online FMA Conference, you can be assured that this year will be even more accessible, more informative and packed full of unmissable, innovative presentations.
We have received 118 abstract proposals, which will ensure a full program in the new multi-stream format. Registration details, sponsorship arrangements and virtual exhibition booths opportunities will be advised very soon.
I wish to thank you for your patience and understanding during this time of uncertainty, and look forward to 'seeing' you in May.