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Dear ACAM Colleagues

As a community, we are all facing some major challenges with the evolving impact of COVID-19 on our lives. Our hearts go out to all those severely impacted.

Sadly, we have made the decision to cancel our inaugural Australasian Conference of Cosmetic Medicine ACCM 2020, our long-awaited joint conference with ACCS and CPCA. 

Even though it was scheduled for November, we felt that it may still be too soon to guarantee our members would be ready to attend, as we focus on supporting our practices, patients and community.

We are hopeful that sometime in the future we can re-visit the concept of a combined conference.

After last night’s announcement of further restrictions to services, we now believe it would be wise for all our members to consider the possibility for closing their doors for all but essential medical services.

Now is not the time to take unnecessary risks, for ourselves or our staff.  As doctors, we may even be needed for front-line medical support in the near future.
In the meantime, we need to keep ourselves, our families and our patients, and our staff and colleagues, safe from exposure and spread. 

Physical distancing is the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and even with the best protection, our work involves close patient contact. 

None of us knows what the immediate future holds, but if we all do everything in our power to avoid contributing to spread, then we need to DO IT! And do it NOW!

We need to focus on protecting our loved ones and on our mental and physical wellbeing. 

Our practices will be there when we get through this. 

Wishing all our colleagues a safe transit through troubled waters. 

Warm regards
Rachel Gronke

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