The Australasian Diabetes Congress 2020 that was due to take place in Brisbane in August has been postponed until November due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The joint ADS/ADEA Annual Scientific Meeting is now scheduled for 4-6 November 2020, Adelaide.
In a statement, the ADS said the ongoing COVID-19 situation meant it was not feasible to hold the meeting in August and there was no availability of venues in Brisbane later in the year.
“Postponing the Congress is a necessary and responsible course of action. The health and wellbeing of attendees is of the utmost importance,” it said.
“This decision also recognises that most of the prospective ADC attendees are frontline health workers who are already stretched to capacity at this time and for the foreseeable future. ”
The ADS says the call for abstracts is ongoing and revised key dates for submissions and early bird registrations will be advised shortly.
It is expected that Brisbane will be the venue for the 2021 ADS/ADEA annual meeting.
As previously reported in the limbic, most other international diabetes meetings have been cancelled, including the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 2020 meeting that will now be held instead online in June.
However the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) is still hopeful that its 21-25 September meeting in Vienna, Austria, will go ahead.