Frequently Asked Questions
Registering for the virtual Conference
How will the virtual Conference work?
As a face to face meeting is not possible this year, we will be making all the content of the Special Edition - Australasian COVID-19 Virtual Conference available online. You will have access to view live and on-demand sessions. Our aim is to offer as much content from the original program as possible including keynote speakers, concurrent sessions, workshops, poster presentations, Q&A sessions, virtual Exhibition hall, and the opportunity to connect with the public health and Communicable Diseases Control community. When you register and pay you will receive access to our Virtual Conference and all its content.
All plenary sessions will be recorded and made available on demand, therefore if you miss a live session you can catch up at a time that suits you. The virtual conference portal will also be open to registered delegates for an extended time following the conference dates, to catch up on anything you have missed.
Please check our website regularly for the updated program and speaker information
How do I register
To register for the Special Edition - Australasian COVID-19 Virtual Conference, click on the following link to be directed to the registration site. You must register and pay in order to receive access to the virtual Conference platform. Register Now.
I am not a PHAA member. How do I join?
PHAA Members have access to reduced Registration Fees to participate in the virtual Conference. To become a PHAA member today, visit the PHAA Website.
What is included in the Virtual Conference registration fee?
We will be providing you with our traditional three day conference format, broken down into pre-recorded and live video sessions. You will not need to sit for three consecutive days to watch the content. These will be made available for viewing both live and on-demand over a two week period. Unfortunately we are unable to provide any face to face networking events, however our aim is to offer online networking opportunities for all participants. You can also connect with other delegates via our Meeting Hub, which offers one-on-one text and video meetings throughout the Conference dates.
Do you offer group registration?
You can register a group of participants via the Group Registration Portal, located on the Registration page. However each participant must pay their individual registration fee in order to obtain an individual access code to the online content. We are unable to offer shared registrations. Each registrant must use an email address unique to them as that is their unique identifier to access to the portal.
Why do I have to register to participate?
By registering to participate in our Conference you are helping the Public Health Association of Australia continue its work. The same amount of time and effort (if not more) goes into the planning and facilitating this years’ Conference. The cost to run a virtual Conference is less than a face to face setting and the registration fees have been reduced to reflect this.
I don’t like the idea of a virtual Conference; I prefer face to face interaction
In 2020 we are all making changes to the way we do business. Many people attend Conferences for the networking and to catch up with colleagues and other members of the Public Health community. However, we encourage you to join our virtual Conference to support the early career scholars who may be participating and presenting for the first time. They need your support and an audience to see their work. This is an opportunity to try something new. Best of all, you will have access to Conference sessions in the comfort of your own home, at a time that suits you.
What are the benefits of a virtual Conference?
You save money. Registration fees have been reduced and you won’t incur any travel expenses.
Your productivity is increased. No more rushing from one presentation to the next. Watch from the comfort of your own home at a time that suits you.
I can no longer attend the Conference. Can I give my login to a colleague?
Should you no longer be able to participate in the Virtual Conference we ask you to contact firstname.lastname@example.org so your registration can be transferred. We do not recommend sharing your login information with anyone as this contains the personal information your provided upon registering.
Presenting at the virtual Conference
Why has the abstract process changed?
In line with the new virtual format, we have changed the traditional abstract submission format. While the new submission questions are a departure from the traditional scientific approach to abstracts, the text in the squared brackets indicates the corresponding traditional structure. The purpose of this change is to shift the focus to be more action/future oriented.
I would like to submit an abstract. What do I do?
The process for submitting abstracts has not changed. Click on the 'Call for Abstracts' tab. There you will be directed to a portal to submit your abstract. The only difference from previous years is the format in which you will deliver your presentation. If your abstract is accepted into the virtual Conference program you will receive full instructions on how to prepare and upload your presentation.
I need to make a change to my abstract. How do I do this?
Please contact email@example.com for any changes to your abstract. Closer to the Conference we will advise all presenters a cut off date for changes permitted.
Viewing the virtual Conference
Do I need to download anything to view the Virtual Conference?
No. Once you have registered, you have instant access to the online Conference site. Our sessions use integrated software connected with Zoom and other streaming services. These sessions and videos will play automatically in your browser. You can use your Laptop or PC (tablets and smartphones are not recommended, due to screen size). For the best viewing experience, we recommend that you join the conference using a supported internet browser, which includes Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Please also remember a stable broadband or wi-fi connection is recommended.
Can I watch from multiple devices at the same time?
You can use any device to watch the Conference (computer, smart phone, tablet), however we reccommend using a computer or laptop.h Please note, only one device can access your account at any one time. Please do not share your registration login with anyone.
Can I stream the Conference on a big screen or television?
Chromecast - If you have Chromecast, you can view the sessions on your television screen, direct from your smart phone using your wi-fi network. For more instructions visit http://www.google.com/chrome/devices/chromecast/learn.html
AppleTV - If you have an Apple TV and and iPhone/iPad, you can stream a video to your AppleTV and watch it on the big screen. Use AirPlay directly from your iOS device via your wi-fi network. For more instructions visit Apple.com
Need further assistance?
For additional assistance, please contact the PHAA Events Team at
P: 02 6285 2373