27 April - 1 May, 2020
Melbourne, Australia

Spineweek 2020

COVID-19 Update – 10 March, 2020

Every 4 years we look forward to seeing the participants, industry partners and all those involved from around the world at SpineWeek.

Over the past few weeks, we have been closely monitoring and evaluating the situation around COVID-19 to ensure we are taking the necessary measures to protect the health and wellbeing of SpineWeek attendees. Unfortunately, the Australian Government implemented travel bans from China, Iran and Korea. Hospitals, universities and companies implemented travel bans towards their staff causing most of the participating societies, representing over 90% of the delegates to cancel their attendance.

These decisions unfortunately make that Spineweek 2020 cannot be held as planned.

Any further updates regarding SpineWeek 2020 will be published on www.spineweek.org.




The current situation with the Corona virus is having a considerable impact on SpineWeek. The following societies have pulled out from the meeting:


The current situation with the Corona virus is having a considerable impact on SpineWeek. The following societies have pulled out from the meeting:

However, anybody already registered for one of those societies will be welcome to attend the remaining sessions.

If you have papers or posters accepted for the APSS program we will make sure that you will be able to present them in one of the other programs or specific Spineweek sessions. 

Any further changes will be announced on this website which we will try to keep updated as well as possible, taking into account the unpredictability of the current situation.


After today’s meeting with a representative of the Melbourne Convention Bureau, the SpineWeek Committee has opted to continue with the organization of the Meeting.

The SpineWeek Committee, in consultation with the PCO and local authorities in Australia is monitoring the situation on a daily basis. The Government of the State of Victoria (Melbourne) offers its full support to SpineWeek and its participants and will take all health measures necessary to contribute to the success of a safe SpineWeek.

Whereas it is true that delegates from mainland China and Iran are banned from traveling to Melbourne at this stage, there is no such restriction for people traveling from elsewhere. We are very grateful for the ongoing support of our exhibitors and participants who continue to register and plan for the Meeting and we have not experienced any substantial impact so far.

Mindful of our duty as organizers, we are carefully consulting with experts on what the appropriate sanitary, health and other measures should be. We can assure you that all appropriate measures as recommended by the WHO will be in place at SpineWeek. We will also introduce SpineWeek as a handshake/hug/kiss-free meeting.

COVID-19 Preparedness and Frequently Asked Questions are mentioned hereunder.

We look forward to welcoming you to SpineWeek in Melbourne in April and wish you, your business colleagues, your communities and your families good wishes and resilience in the months to come.


The SpineWeek Committee
Chris Colloca
Jiří Dvořák
Robert Gunzburg
Marek Szpalski


Frequently Asked Questions for Attendees

What are the general health recommendations during SpineWeek as a result of the novel coronavirus?
The following guidelines are set out by the WHO and the Australian Government:


What steps is SpineWeek taking to help build confidence among participants?


Does SpineWeek have recommended travel and health safety tips for me to consider prior to arriving in Melbourne?


What are the first signs of infection of coronavirus?
Symptoms may include fever, cough, sore throat, nausea/vomiting, and difficulty breathing. Difficulty breathing is a sign of possible pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention. It can take up to 14 days for symptoms to show after a person has been infected.


What if I have concerns about recent development of symptoms on-site?
Our central point of contact will be at the registration desk, which is always staffed during the meeting hours. This will be highlighted through the event app and through email prior to the event.


What happens if detection occurs?
Once detection has occurred, event security in consultation with SpineWeek will notify venue security and MCEC Operations Manager who will escort the individual to the first aid room for isolation.