Should we hold face-to-face committee meetings?
Most RANZCO meetings scheduled for 2020 have been cancelled or postponed.
This includes the ANZSRS meeting (Melbourne, 23-24 May), NZ branch meeting (Christchurch, 8-9 May), TAS branch meeting (Hobart, 12-14 June), Sydney Eye Alumni Association Meeting (25 July) and the Paediatric SIG ASM (9-11 July).
The WA Branch meeting in Bali has been postponed until November.
The RANZCO 2020 Scientific Congress has now been postponed. Please see here.
Essential committee meetings should proceed via tele or video conference.
Why didn’t RANZCO turn the 2020 Congress into a virtual one?
On 8 April 2020, RANZCO announced the postponement of the 2020 Congress. This decision was not taken lightly and the option to turn it into a virtual meeting was explored. This was ruled out due to several factors:
- The Congress content is a curation of courses, symposia, papers, posters, films and audit presentations submitted by Fellows and interested parties. Submissions were not being received due to the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic. With little content available, there would be little to produce in a virtual or webinar format.
- The Congress rotates through ophthalmology sub-speciality areas and it would not be fair to potentially limit the exposure of some sub-specialties. If the virtual format did not deliver content in the same robust manner as the Congress does.
- Delegate feedback has consistently ranked the face-to-face networking as a major factor in the success of the Congress and a reason for people attending. Given the limitation with technology, it is not believed this could be replicated in a virtual meeting setting.
- The presence of industry is also a key factor in the success of the Congress from a networking and financial point of view. Again, given the limitation with technology, it is not believed this could be replicated in a virtual meeting setting.
The RANZCO staff and Fellows are working hard to deliver new and novel virtual learning strategies. It is hoped that these e-learning opportunities will provide avenues for both learning and CPD points to all members. The Scientific Program Committee, staff and Fellows will also be exploring ways to integrate e-learning into future Congresses to allow for a more diverse presentation of content.
Should RANZCO conduct state branch and SIG meetings?
These meetings will be cancelled on a case-by-case basis, to be regularly reviewed.
We will work with meeting organisers to minimise organisational and financial impacts.
Will insurance cover RANZCO losses for meetings?
No. Unfortunately, no policies cover communicable diseases such as coronavirus. The relevant branch or SIG will lose money from cancelled meetings.
Will travel insurance cover my losses for cancelled meetings?
Members are advised to contact their provider, if they have insurance, but this is unlikely.
RANZCO policies do not cover individuals in this case.
Last updated: April 9, 2020