The Alfred 2023 General Surgery Meeting (the meeting) will be held as an in-person only event – virtual attendance is not an option unless Covid-restrictions are reintroduced.

The event organisers will take reasonable measures to keep everyone attending the event safe, however, there may still a risk of transmission of Covid-19. Therefore, by participating in the conference, you and your party acknowledge and accept this risk.


Based on public health advice at the time of the meeting, delegates, sponsors/exhibitors, staff, and visitors, may be required to follow physical distancing guidelines. This includes queuing where indicated, minimising time in public spaces, and following staff instructions. In addition, you may be required to wear a face mask.

During the program and within the exhibition area, all seating and displays will be spaced to limit congestion where possible. Please note however, this is not a legal requirement and cannot be guaranteed. 

The meeting will adhere to the maximum permitted capacity of each venue in place at the time of the conference where directed by Victorian State Government guidelines applicable to the venue and current at that time.


Storage of personal bags and belongings, equipment, boxes, etc. will not be possible. Please ensure you have made arrangements to store your items off-site.


Should you feel unwell, experiencing any cold or flu like symptoms in the lead-up to the event, are awaiting the results of a Covid-19 test, or reside with a Covid-positive person, we recommend you reconsider your attendance. 

Please note the following information, in the event that Covid cases / restrictions impact the running of the meeting:


  1. A refund will be offered if you are unable to participate in the event due to Covid restrictions including border closures, travel limitations, quarantining requirements.
  2. If physically attending is impacted by state/country-wide Covid restrictions, your application to participate including payment will be moved to the next meeting unless otherwise requested.
  3. A refund will be offered if the event is cancelled due to Covid restrictions.

All requests for a Covid-related refund must be made in writing, are at the discretion of the organiser – please email for queries

The event organiser reserves the right to deny exchanges or refunds based on the following Covid-related circumstances:

  1. A registered delegate/industry is well but does not wish to attend an event due to fears of exposure to Covid-19

Please contact the Event Manager via email –, should you have any queries.