Media Release 

Thursday 3rd September

 

An Important Update from GPCE

GPCE would like to express our ongoing concern for everyone impacted by Coronavirus.

After closely monitoring the Australia-wide impact of the ongoing COVID situation and following the State and Federal Government directives, we have made the decision to cancel the 2020 Sydney and Brisbane editions of the General Practice Conference & Exhibition (GPCE). 

We are in unprecedented times and continue to witness first-hand the challenging impact of COVID-19, both professionally and personally.  Prior to the recent escalation of COVID-19, we were optimistic that both GPCE Sydney in October and GPCE Brisbane in November would run safely and successfully this year.  Our principle focus was on ensuring that the rescheduled dates for both events were ideally positioned to support our community.  However, in consultation with you, our customers, and all our other stakeholders, we have concluded that the best option is to focus on maximising face-to-face business and educational opportunities for Australia’s primary healthcare community at the four editions of GPCE in 2021. 

We appreciate that this is disappointing news for all involved with GPCE, but we have made this decision with everyone’s health and safety as our number one priority. We can now look ahead positively to the 2021 editions of GPCE, which will take place on the following dates:

·         GPCE Sydney, 14-16 May, Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park

·         GPCE Perth, 24-25 July, Crown Perth

·         GPCE Brisbane, 10-12 September, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

·         GPCE Melbourne, 12-14 November, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

While we are disappointed that we are unable to meet face-to-face in 2020, we remain committed to delivering accredited GP education and keeping Australia’s vibrant primary healthcare community connected over the coming months.  Planning is already under way to deliver key content from this year’s GPCE program digitally, with full details to be announced shortly.  In the meantime, please visit our online medical education platform ThinkGP to access a broad range of RACGP and ACRRM accredited online educational activities – free, online, anytime.

We once again thank all of our partners, exhibitors, sponsors, speakers and delegates for your encouragement and support during this challenging time and we apologise for any inconvenience that the necessary cancellation of the 2020 editions of GPCE Sydney and GPCE Brisbane may cause. We look forward to supporting you via ThinkGP and to GPCE returning strongly across Australia in 2021.

The GPCE Team