The Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs

Important Update – 2021 APSAD Brisbane Conference Moving to Virtual

We were looking forward to seeing everyone at APSAD 2021 in Brisbane, however, due to the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown in some states, the fluctuating situation around Australasia, and its impact on our community’s ability to travel to the conference, we have made the difficult decision to move the 40th APSAD Conference to a fully virtual conference. Our priority is the safety of our staff, delegates, sponsors and stakeholders and we do not feel that holding a large indoor public gathering is the right thing to do at this time.

As the conference was already a hybrid model, we are fully equipped and ready to deliver a world-class virtual event. There will be plenary sessions and concurrent sessions, along with the pre-conference workshops and breakfast sessions.

All sessions will be recorded and available for delegates to view at a later date for up to 3 months.

The conference will still be held over 3 days and there will be a mix of live presentations (including panel discussions) and pre-recorded presentations with presenters live online answering questions.

The dates and schedule of the conference are unchanged, and conference registration (at the lower virtual rate) will still be required for all attendees and speakers. We consider the current circumstances as an opportunity to innovate the conference into an engaging virtual event that will be rewarding for both presenters and attendees.

For delegates that have registered and paid to attend face-to-face, registrations will be changed to virtual and refunds will be automatically arranged to return the difference in ticket cost, no action will be required from you to facilitate this process. In addition, we will continue to provide regular updates as we move this event to virtual. Please bear with us as we implement these changes, we will be in touch with everyone who has registered as soon as we can.

We acknowledge the difficult situation many of those in the sector and community find themselves in during extended lockdowns and border closures, and will cover the 30% administration charge. Therefore, if you have already paid for your registration, the difference in value will be fully refunded. If you have purchased a conference dinner ticket, this will be fully refunded.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors and exhibitors, we greatly appreciate the ongoing support for this leading alcohol and other drugs conference and look forward to continuing to work with you in the virtual environment. 

More information about the digital platform and virtual format will be posted soon along with details of the conference program and satellite events.

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