Coronavirus Considerations

This information was updated on 18th March 2020

Due to the impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, AABAT has decided to:

  1. postpone its annual national Forum by six months from 1-3 May to new dates of  13-15 November 2020, and 
  2. explore the possibility of hosting the “Nature & Health Symposium” via an on-line platform and/or postponing the event to 11-12 November 2020.

Government recommendations to cancel large gatherings, enact physical distancing, and postpone travel led us to make these decisions.

With such great momentum in planning these events, including wonderful involvement by Tasmanian Aboriginal community members and a great line-up of presenters, we’re keen to hold in-person events as soon as the situation has settled. In the meantime, we’re committed to facilitating connections through digital mediums. 

In place of the in-person “Nature & Health Symposium” that was to be held in Tasmania on April 29-30, the Symposium organising team are exploring the option of adapting the program to become an online web-based event and/or hosting an in-person event at a later date, such as immediately prior to the postponed AABAT Forum.

The next update in relation to the “Nature & Health – Research, Practice and Policy Symposium” will be provided on Tuesday 24th March. 

Refund policy

  • All registered participants of the “Nature & Health” Symposium will be provided with a full refund. 
  • All registered participants of AABAT’s Forum 2020 will be offered the option of either receiving a full refund OR leaving part or all of their registration fee with AABAT (as either a contribution towards adapting the event to be online, or as a down-payment to attend the postponed Forum. 

Personal habits 

At this time of unprecedented personal, social and cultural change, we encourage our sector to take on safe physical distancing and hygiene practices, and to continue the basics:

  • Eat well
  • Sleep well
  • Drink lots of water
  • Get lots of fresh air, and
  • Minimise stress.

Useful links

Keep up to date on the spread of coronavirus here

If you think you might have Coronavirus because of recent travel or contact with a confirmed case, please contact your local state or territory health department asap:  https://www.health.gov.au/about-us/contact-us/local-state-and-territory-health-departments 

Govt Health Alert Page

https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

And this URL filters the Gov info publications just on coronavirus:

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications?f%5B0%5D=field_related_conditions_disease%3A9669

Tasmanian coronavirus hotline: 1800 671 738