Corona Virus Impacts AVETRA Annual Conference

Today I received the following advice, through Kevin Heys (thank you so much Kevin).  Like so many parts of our lives this virus effects our every day living. My best wishes to all for ongoing health throughout these challenging times. This might be a great time to follow the RSS Feed from VOCED (on the side banner of this website) to follow up some recent interesting research.


Dear Colleague,

I recently wrote to you about the need to postpone the 2020 AVETRA Conference that was due to be held on 23/24 April in Melbourne as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The AVETRA Executive has held several meetings to work out the best way forward for both the conference itself and the Annual General Meeting that was being held during the conference.

For the conference

In view of the uncertainty surrounding the progress of the pandemic rather than cancel the conference or fix a firm new date now, the executive voted to wait until 10 August to make an announcement of a new date.  We would like to be able to run the conference in October or November 2020.

We hope that people who have paid for existing conference registration and sponsorships may be willing for AVETRA to retain these until a decision on the rescheduled date is made. However, if this does not suit individual participants or sponsors could you please contact to discuss repayment options.

For the Annual General Meeting

We intend to proceed with a “virtual AGM” using a video conference system.  This will take place on the same date and time as originally planned, that is 4:45 pm on 23 April 2020.

We will let members know of the connection details when we send out the AGM papers in the coming days.

Only current financial members can attend the AGM so only they will be getting further AGM information.

In general

These are extraordinary times that few of us have experienced before. We hope not to experience them again. We thank you for your patience and look forward to resuming normal service and life as soon as practical.

For any queries please contact the Secretariat on:

Regards and stay safe


Robin Shreeve | AVETRA President


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