The cancellation of this year’s Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference (APP) had a devastating impact on the pharmacy industry and beyond, affecting delegates, speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, suppliers and the local Gold Coast community where the event was to be held.

For event organisers, the Pharmacy Guild, the past four months have been spent dealing with the fallout caused by COVID-19 and the restrictions enforced just prior to the event taking place.

Now, the Guild is starting to prepare for APP2021, which is moving from the traditional March dates to 20-23 May to allow for more time for planning an event in this new, COVID environment.
With recent spikes in COVID cases in Victoria reminding us that this pandemic is far from over, the Guild’s main focus for APP2021 will be the safety of all attendees.

The Guild is working closely with event suppliers including conference venue, the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC), whose Site Specific COVID Safe Plan was recently approved by the Queensland Government.

According to CEO of GCCEC, Adrienne Readings, the Centre has been leading the way in developing COVID-safe enhanced policies, protocols and procedures for events at the venue.

“Having received approval to operate under a detailed site specific plan, GCCEC’s task force is working closely with clients, industry partners and Queensland Health to ensure that all visitors to GCCEC can feel confident in the safety of the Centre,” Ms Readings said.

“We are extremely focussed on delivering a safe environment and we will not be complacent.”

“For every event, we require a commitment from our client to adhere to our protocols in order to mitigate the risks associated with COVID-19.”

The Guild is also working on other measures to keep attendees safe and will keep delegates updated on these measures in the lead up to the event.

APP Chairman Kos Sclavos AM said that this may result in changes to the usual format of APP.

“Next year we may see a Street Party with no dancing and where guests may need to be seated,” Mr Sclavos said.

“This is just one example of how we need to keep everyone safe while running an event that is not only safe, but also allows delegates to have fun and to interact with one another”.

APP2021 is taking place from 20-23 May on the Gold Coast. Super early bird registrations and accommodation bookings will open in September. For more details and to sign up to receive exclusive updates, visit www.appconference.com.


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The Pharmacy Guild of Australia is committed to the health and safety of all APP attendees and will be working closely with the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in order to protect delegates from the spread of COVID-19. The event will adhere to the Centre’s Site Specific COVID Safe Plan, an approved Queensland Government plan which addresses the risks associated with the potential transmission of COVID-19. For more information visit click here.