Family caring responsibilities (such as caring for children or elders) can be a barrier to conference participation. The SSA will make a number of bursaries available to people wishing to attend ANZSC2020 to help defray the additional costs of familial caring responsibilities.
SSA members who will incur additional costs associated with familial caring responsibilities due to their attendance at ANZSC2020 are invited to apply for a bursary. These bursaries are available to people of all genders. These funds could be spent on additional childcare or eldercare expenses that would arise as a result of attendance at the conference, or on flights for an accompanying person to look after children while the awardee is at the conference, for example. Bursary awardees do not need to present work at the conference to be eligible for a bursary. The SSA has a maximum of $2000 available for these bursaries, with the maximum amount available to any one applicant being $500.
The application form is available here. Applicants need to confirm they are a member of SSA, and intend to attend ANZSC2020. A short statement is required on how attendance at ANZSC2020 would be beneficial for their career, and details of the requested funds. Successful applicants would be reimbursed upon presentation of ANSZC2020 registration confirmation and receipts/invoices. The deadline for applications is March 25 2020, with decisions to be communicated to applicants by April 6 2020 (the Early Bird Registration deadline of ANZSC2020).