COVID-19 Update

Updated: 9 March 2020 AEDT

After carefully considering updated advice from the Australian Federal Government, the INTS2020 Committee wishes to advise that the organisation of the INTS2020 Symposium will currently continue as planned.

The Local Organising Committee, in consultation with the Professional Conference Organiser, Arinex, local authorities in Australia, and the INTS Board, is monitoring the situation on a daily basis. We will take all health measures necessary to contribute to the success of a safe Symposium.

While it is true that delegates from mainland China, Iran, Italy and South Korea are currently either banned from traveling to Australia or will be undergoing high-level screening upon arrival, there is no such restriction for people travelling from elsewhere at this stage.

For those registered delegates unable to attend, we are currently working on implementing a solution to deliver a hybrid Symposium via webinar options for remote viewing of all sessions. We are very grateful for the ongoing support of our speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and participants who continue to register and plan to attend the Symposium, and we are working very closely with our international faculty to deliver an outstanding and informative program.

Mindful of our duty as organisers, we are carefully monitoring what the appropriate sanitary, health and other measures should be. We can assure you that all appropriate measures as recommended by the WHO will be in place at INTS2020. We will also encourage that INTS2020 is a handshake/hug/kiss-free meeting.

COVID-19 Preparedness and Frequently Asked Questions are mentioned hereunder.

We look forward to welcoming you to INTS2020 in Melbourne.

Robert Vink

Chair INTS2020

On behalf of the Local Organising Committee

Frequently Asked Questions for Attendees

What are the general health recommendations during INTS2020 as a result of the novel coronavirus?

The following guidelines are set out by the WHO and the Australian Government:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water;
  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands;
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever and cough;
  • If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider.

What steps is INTS2020 taking to help build confidence among participants?

  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available at key points throughout the convention centre particularly in high-trafficked areas. We encourage all attendees to stay informed on the basic protective measures the public can take, such as the ones listed by the WHO.
  • This year, our meeting will be handshake free to minimize the potential transmission of any illness.
  • We will ensure that medical care is readily available to address immediate healthcare concerns of attendees.
  • We are monitoring the situation closely and will continue to follow health and safety guidelines as advised by appropriate and relevant authorities.
  • The MCEC has activated its incident response team who are meeting regularly and monitoring the situation, and we will be guided by them whilst onsite at INTS2020.

Does INTS2020 have recommended travel and health safety tips for me to consider prior to arriving in Melbourne?

What are the first signs of infection of coronavirus?

Symptoms may include fever, cough, sore throat, nausea/vomiting, and difficulty breathing. Difficulty breathing is a sign of possible pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention. It can take up to 14 days for symptoms to show after a person has been infected.

What if I have concerns about recent development of symptoms on-site?

Our central point of contact will be at the registration desk, which is always staffed during the meeting hours.

What happens if a positive diagnosis occurs at the event or venue?

If an attendee is diagnosed at the venue, we will work with the relevant authorities to ensure an informed, safe and calm response is issued to all attendees, and appropriate measures carried out. 

Where can I find more information?