Coronavirus Considerations

This information was updated on 27th April 2020

Due to the impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, AABAT 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. Adapt the “Nature & Health – Research, Practice and Policy Symposium” from 29-30 April to become a series of 5 webinars to be held in June 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 have adapted the program to become a series of 5 online web-based events. 

It’s likely AABAT will ALSO host an in-person “Outdoor Healthcare Symposium” in Tasmania in November 2020, depending how the pandemic pans out.

Refund policy

  • All registered participants of the original “Nature & Health” Symposium have been provided with a full refund. 
  • All registered participants of AABAT’s Forum 2020 were 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:

Govt Health Alert Page

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

Coronavirus health information hotline: 1800 020 080

Tasmanian Coronavirus hotline: 1800 671 738