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FNM 2020 POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Dear Colleagues, 

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, this morning the FNM 2020 Local Organising Committee resolved to postpone FNM2020, including all satellite meetings, the Postgraduate course, the POEM masterclass and the Women’s networking eventuntil a yet to be determined, later date.  

The decision was made following the Australian Governments mandate for all non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people to be cancelled. Further, the Government’s decision to impose mandatory self-isolation to all incoming arrivals to Australia meant that international attendees would be unable to attend the meeting. Now, with ban on attendance of conferences imposed by the majority of domestic Australian universities and hospital networks, it has become clear that the FNM 2020 meeting cannot proceed. There will be no remote video presentation options. 

The timing of this announcement was difficult. We have been aware of the increasingly trying situation facing many international delegates due to the current Covid-19 situation in their respective countries. This has been coupled with the relatively few reported cases in Australia, up until the last few days. Like you, we have had growing concerns but needed to consider significant legal and insurance issues. Over recent days however, during this unprecedented public health crisis with a declared “state of emergency”, it clearly would not be in the best interests of our registrants or the Adelaide community at large to continue with the meeting. 

The Australasian Neurogastroenterology and Motility Association (ANGMA) is a young association with an enthusiastic and growing membership, but limited funds. In order to permit ANGMA to continue its objective to advance the field of neurogastroenterology in Australia and New Zealand, assist with education and promote ongoing research, we must remain financially viable. We needed to work through the complex issues around postponement before finalising this decision. 

We would like to thank our colleagues on the Local Organising Committee, Simon Brookes, Christine Feinle-Bisset, Patrick Hughes and Andrea Harrington, for all the hard work and effort dedicated to this meeting over the past 3 years. It is heartbreaking to us all that the meeting will not go ahead next week. Thank you to all our presenters and panellists who had agreed to participate in what was to be an outstanding program. Thank you to all our sponsors, who have supported our efforts in this field  for so long, and hopefully will continue to support us into the future.  

Finally, thank you to all our registrants for their patience and understanding in these difficult timesThough it is too early for any specific dates to be finalised, we will continue to promote our new ideas for multidisciplinary collaboration as we work towards a new meeting in approximately 12months’ time. We propose to hold your registration and seek reconfirmation of your attendance once the meeting has been rescheduled. We therefore ask that you please hold off any decision to seek a refund until you have been notified of the new schedule and determined if you are able to attend. 

The FNM 2020 Local Organising Committee wishes all stay safe and healthy. 

Kind regards, 

Geoff Kohn
President Chair ANGMA

Nick Spencer 
Chair  
Local Organising Committee

Stuart Brierely 
Co-chair Local Organising Committee

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FNM2020 will be the first meeting of the Federation of Neurogastroenterology & Motility to be held in the Southern Hemisphere. The meeting offers an exceptional chance to present latest research in neurogastroenterology and facilitate discussion and interaction with active researchers and clinical colleagues from Europe, Asia, Australasia and the America’s.

The meeting will be held in The City of Adelaide, located in the State of South Australia. The meeting venue will be held in the new Adelaide Convention Centre, which is situated in the centre of the city next to the River Torrens. Adelaide is home to one of the largest health and medical research precincts in the Southern Hemisphere, with the new South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Adelaide is famous for its outstanding wine, food and arts culture. The City of Adelaide is located about 15 kilometres from the pristine beaches of popular summer tourist destinations, such as Glenelg. FNM2020 will be held at the end of summer, providing the ideal climate to enjoy the meeting and the attractions that Adelaide has to offer.

21 CPD points can be claimed for attendance. 

On behalf of the local organizing committee, we look forward to welcoming you to Adelaide for FNM 2020.

Nick Spencer & Stuart Brierley
(Chair & Co-Chair of Local organizing committee),
Geoff Kohn (ANGMA President)

Delegates, their families and travelling partners will have the opportunity to experience various touring options pre, post and during their stay in Adelaide during the Conference. 

All Occasions have negotiated discounted rates on tours exclusive to delegates and their families/partners. Click the Adelaide Sightseeing logo for further information and to book tours. 

DESTINATION: ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA