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2023 Australian Pain Society 43rd Annual Scientific Meeting

2023 Australian Pain Society 43rd Annual Scientific MeetingIn the IASP Global Year for Integrative Pain Care02 - 05 April 2023 | National Convention Centre Canberra, ACT

General Conference Information

Conference App

The conference app has everything you need for APS 2023!

Download it today via the Apple App Store or Android Play Store to view the program, build a personalised schedule, connect with other delegates and start planning your conference experience. 

To download the app please search The Event App by EventsAir in your smartphone or tablet app store. Once The Event App is opened, please type aps2023 into the search by event name bar. The PIN has been emailed to you. If you do not know the PIN please contact the Conference Secretariat, or see the registration desk for assistance.

Program

Conference Program

A one-page program is available to download here. For a full program and further information please download the conference app today using the above instructions.  

Additional Sessions

Add to your conference experience by attending a Pre-Conference Workshop, Discipline Sub-Group Meeting or a Sponsored Session. Explore the following links to discover all the additional sessions that are available to you:

If you have not selected to attend a paid session during your initial registration and wish to attend, email the Conference Secretariat at apsasm@dcconferences.com.au. 

Onsite / Registration

Venue Address

The National Convention Centre Canberra  is located at 31 Constitution Avenue, Canberra. For further information please visit: nccc.com.au 

Registration Desk

The conference registration desk is located on the Main Foyer of the NCCC. The opening times are as follows:

  • Sunday 02 April: 7.00 am – 7.00 pm
  • Monday 03 April: 7.00 am – 5.30 pm
  • Tuesday 04 April: 7.00 am – 3.30 pm
  • Wednesday 05 April: 7.00 am – 1.00 pm

 Staff at the registration desk will be happy to help with any queries.

Registration Entitlements

Full Registration entitlements include:
Admission to all sessions, access to the conference app, attendance e-certificate and morning/afternoon teas and lunches on each day of the conference, and one ticket to the Welcome Reception on Sunday 2 April 2023. 

Day Registration entitlements include:
Admission to all sessions on the day of your registration, access to the conference app, attendance e-certificate and morning/afternoon teas and lunch on the day of your registration. This registration type does not include a ticket to the Welcome Reception. If you would like to attend the Welcome Reception, please contact the Conference Secretariat.

Exhibition Opening Hours & Catering Details

Pre-Conference Workshop Only: Sunday 2 April

The workshop sponsors and meal breaks will be held in the Main Foyer, NCCC. This space will be open from 8.00 am – 3.30 pm. Catering break times can be found in the conference program.

Conference: Sunday 2 April - Wednesday 5 April

The conference exhibition and all catering breaks will be held in the Exhibition Hall. Catering break times can be found in the conference program.

Sunday 2 April
The exhibition will open for the first time on Sunday from 6.00 pm – 7.30 pm, for the Welcome Reception.

Monday 3 & Tuesday 4 April
Exhibition opening hours: 8.00 am – 3.45 pm

Wednesday 5 April
Exhibition opening hours: 8.30 am – 11.00 am
Boxed lunch will be available for delegates to take with them, from the Main Foyer, at the close of the conference. 

Dietary Requirements

If you have advised of a special dietary request, please make yourself known to banqueting staff at the NCCC in order to collect your special meal. Vegetarians are catered for in the main catering. 

Conference Information

Name Badges

All delegates are provided with a name badge, they will be included in the registration pack. Delegates are required to wear their name badges for the entire conference; they are your official pass to sessions and meal breaks.  

Poster Display

The poster display will be located within the Exhibition Hall.

Posters should be in place by 10.15 am on Monday 3 April 2023 and will be displayed for the duration of the conference. Posters must be printed in A0 portrait, presenters are asked to bring their own ‘hook and loop’ velcro to affix their posters to the display wall. 

Digital versions of the posters are included in the APS 2023 conference app, alongside a copy of the poster authors abstract.

Poster presenters will be standing by their hard copy poster to answer any questions during the poster viewing sessions. Details are as follows:

  • Monday 3 April: 12.45 pm – 1.30 pm (Odd poster numbers)
  • Tuesday 4 April: 1.00 pm – 1.45 pm (Even poster numbers)

CPD Points/Certificates of Attendance

All delegates attending a pre-conference workshop and/or the APS conference will receive an e-certificate of attendance. The certificates will be emailed to all delegates shortly after the conference; no hard copies will be available. Please contact the Conference Secretariat if you need to update your email address. 

The attendance certificate will note the number of educational hours completed. You will need this certificate to apply for CPD accreditation points through your chosen college. We recommend delegates self-record as colleges differ on their professional development point systems.

Conference Feedback

Delegates  will be emailed a link to a daily evaluation at the end of each day; participation is appreciated. Feedback is important to ensure changes and improvements are made to future conferences.  

Delegates who complete the evaluations can go into the running to win a complimentary registration to the Australian Pain Society 44th Annual Scientific Meeting.

Onsite Behaviour

Ethical behaviour of APS Members & ASM Delegates

Our community is strengthened by the diverse and intersecting stories and experiences of all the clinicians, researchers, and people with pain who allow us to learn from them. The APS is committed to nurturing a culture where all individuals are and feel included, listened to, valued, and respected. The APS has zero tolerance towards any forms of discrimination, either through action or language, based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, disability, or age. To review the full policy, please click here 

Sustainability

Lanyards

The lanyards that will be available to delegates onsite have been made from environmentally sustainable bamboo. For sanitary reasons, we are unable to reuse lanyards and so instead encourage delegates to bring their own lanyards from home where possible.  

Reusable Cups

We all know how much that morning coffee helps get us through that first plenary session of the morning, but we urge all delegates to bring their reusable coffee cups with them.

If every delegate used a reusable coffee cup instead of a one-use takeaway option we could save over 4000 cups going into landfill at APS 2023 alone!

Bottled Water

We also ask all delegates to bring a reusable water bottle with them to the conference. Water will, of course, be available throughout the event, however only glasses and jugs will be offered.

Satchels

The APS ASM does not supply conference satchels. We hope delegates and exhibitors will support our move away from offering something we are increasingly told “ends up in the bin”! We encourage exhibitors to offer digital copies of their sales materials. We also encourage all delegates to dig through your cupboards and find a past APS ASM satchel to bring along!

Travel & Accommodation

Climate - April

April in Canberra is Autumn and delegates can expect temperatures between 7 - 20 degrees Celsius. 

Time Zone

Canberra operates on Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) which is UTC/GMT+10/11 depending on the time of year, due to it observing daylight saving time. Canberra will move to UTC/GMT+10 on Sunday 2 April 2023, the morning of the Pre-Conference Workshops - make sure you change your clock so you don't arrive an hour early! 

Parking

If you are driving to the NCCC secure underground parking is available. Please note, clearance is 1.9 metres. Please click here for more information.

From Canberra Airport

Bus: Transport Canberra Route Rapid 3 provide regular services between the Canberra Airport Terminal to Spence Terminus seven days a week. It operates every 15 minutes during the weekdays and 30 minutes during weekends. Tickets are available in the arrival hall of the airport. For timetable and route map, please visit the Transport Canberra website.

Taxi: Taxi services and ride sharing services are available to and from the airport and around the city. The taxi rank is located centrally on the ground floor of the terminal building.

For more information, please click here.

Accommodation

If you have booked your accommodation through the Conference Secretariat your reservation has been confirmed with the hotel. Any amendments to bookings must be sent via the Conference Secretariat. Should you wish to contact the Hotel directly for any other queries, please use the following contact details:

The Sebel Canberra: (02) 6267 5675

Crowne Plaza Canberra: (02) 6274 5500

A by Adina: (02) 5134 6444

QT Canberra: (02) 6247 6244

COVID Safety Onsite

The safety and wellbeing of all delegates, speakers, exhibitors and guests is of utmost importance. As such, you are kindly asked to behave in accordance with the current advice from the Department of Health regarding COVID-19 protocols. We encourage the use of masks and remind everyone to practice good hand hygiene - hand sanitiser will be available throughout the venue for your convenience. 

If you are unwell, we ask that you do not attend the conference. 

Contact Us

Should you have any questions or require further information, please contact the Conference Secretariat on +61 2 9954 4400 or email apsasm@dcconferences.com.au.

After Friday 31 March, please direct all enquiries via the email address above. If it is urgent, please contact the Conference Secretariat on 0457 384 035.

Social Media

The APS have a strong online following. Join us online and share the conference with those who aren’t able to make it. 

The Conference and Society hashtag: #AusPainSoc 

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We are looking forward to welcoming you to Canberra!