27 April - 1 May, 2020
Melbourne, Australia

Spineweek 2020

Statement 3 February, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

The SpineWeek Committee and the organisers of SpineWeek in Melbourne at the end of April are monitoring the situation related to apparition and spreading of the Corona virus closely.

As anyone can read in the international press, Governments are taking the necessary steps to curtail spreading of the virus.

Most probably the situation will be completely under control by April. In any case we can assure that Melbourne is completely safe in this regard.

It may be wise, however, not to plan a stop-over for some days in China. Flights to and from Australia who do a short stopover for refuelling purposes in China, however, are safe if the company you fly with deem it safe.

We are looking forward to a successful 5th SpineWeek meeting.

The SpineWeek Committee

 

Statement 10 January, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

SpineWeek 2020 has received enquiries from delegates about the impact of Australia’s bushfire season on Melbourne and SpineWeek 2020.

Bushfires have impacted some parts of Victoria – including East Gippsland, High Country and Upper Murray regions. However, many parts of the state, including Melbourne are safe, unaffected and welcoming visitors.  

MELBOURNE NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT! One of the many negative effects of these fires is the loss of tourism. By coming to Australia and visiting this beautiful country, you will be helping the people of Australia recover from these fires.

SpineWeek is collecting donations through the online registration form. These funds will be transferred after the Meeting to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal.

We’ve tried to answer the most frequent questions here, but if your query isn’t covered please do not hesitate to contact spineweek@medicongress.com.

 

We are aware that some of you (delegates and/or exhibitors), maybe travelling from China and that some flights have been suspended from the 30th of January due to the novel coronavirus, which may impact your ability to travel.


We are monitoring the situation as it unfolds in China and we will continue to communicate updates.

 

For further information see:

World Health Organisation
Australian Government Department of Health
Information arriving in Australia from China

 

We hope to see you here!

 

The SpineWeek Committee
Chris Colloca
Jiří Dvořák
Robert Gunzburg
Marek Szpalski

 


Dear Ladies & Gentlemen,

The idea to have a joint meeting bringing together several spine societies at the same time and at the same place originated around the turn of the century.

The SpineWeek committee was mandated with the practical organisation of such a conference, and this led to the first SpineWeek meeting which was held in Porto, Portugal in 2004. It was well received by individual participants, the involved scientific spine societies and by the supporting MedTech industry.

Three more SpineWeeks followed: Geneva (Switzerland) in 2008, Amsterdam (The Netherlands) in 2012 and Singapore in 2016.

One of the remarkable evolutions noted from one SpineWeek to the next, was the increase of participants coming from Asia. This incited the SpineWeek committee to move east for the 2020 SpineWeek meeting, and we are pleased to announce the meeting in Melbourne on 27 April – 1 May 2020. 

Next to the usual participating spine societies such as the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS), the North American Spine Society (NASS) and the Brasilian Spine Society, we now welcome other societies. SpineWeek meetings have been at the origin of many a scientific collaboration bringing together clinicians and scientists from around the world and from very different scientific societies.

We look forward to a truly exciting week in Melbourne, both at a scientific and a social level. Join us for this first Oceanian SpineWeek meeting and spread the word!

The SpineWeek Committee
Chris Colloca
Jiří Dvořák
Robert Gunzburg
Marek Szpalski