CONFERENCE NEW DATES
WED 4 to FRI 6 MAY 2022
Message from ACMHN President, Mike Hazelton
Following extensive discussion and consideration, the Board of the ACMHN wish to advise that due to ongoing lockdowns in both NSW and Victoria we will not proceed with the 46th International Mental Health Nursing Conference 2021 as scheduled on Wed 10 to Fri 12 November 2021.
We have decided to postpone the event to Wed 4 to Fri 6 May 2022 to be hosted at the JW Marriott Resort and Spa on the Gold Coast.
We did consider the option of converting the conference to a completely virtual event, and while still very valuable, a streamed conference does not support the very interactive style of event we know our members and delegates prefer. We want to facilitate the networking and in person discussions that contribute so richly to the experience and professional development of our delegates.
This decision had been made with great consideration and we are very disappointed that we cannot proceed this year however a May 2022 event provides the best chance of a successful conference, enjoyed at full capacity. The current capacity limits of one person per four square metre does not allow for a full conference experience, compromising networking opportunities which we know are such an important and valuable aspect of attending a conference in person.
With travel restrictions in place in NSW and Victoria, and coronavirus prevalent in the community, it is not fair or reasonable to expect delegates and speakers to travel to the Gold Coast at this unpredictable time. We are hoping that by May 2022 the COVID-19 vaccine program will be in place, borders will be open, interstate travel has resumed and we can put on the calibre of event that our delegates, sponsors and exhibitors have come to expect.
We are aware that many people have already purchased their tickets and booked accommodation at the conference venue and our Event Manager, Ellen Fraser has been in contact with all those people directly. Should you require assistance please contact Ellen via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
These bookings remain unchanged and will be carried over to the new date however if guests are unable to attend on the new dates, we will assist with a refund for those unable to attend.
Thank you for your understanding around this very difficult decision. We are looking forward to seeing everyone online and in person again very soon.
President - Australian College Mental Health Nurses