COVID-19 Statement

To ensure that your visit to Lorne and the experience of the conference is as enjoyable as possible, here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions that will hopefully provide you with all the information you need.

We encourage you to read through this before you attend. Please contact us if you have a question that we haven’t answered.

Lorne, Victoria, Australia

Lorne’s February temperatures average a high of 24 degrees Celsius and a low of 15 degrees Celsius.

In Melbourne the weather can change suddenly so it is good to be prepared – take an umbrella and wear layers that can be worn as needed.

Lorne’s central time zone is UTC + 11:00 hours. Lorne is based on Eastern Standard Time and observes daylight saving time from early October to late March when clocks are advanced one hour.
Trading hours are generally Monday to Friday 9am-5.00pm. Trading hours on the weekend and public holidays may differ.
Banking hours in Lorne are: 9.30am – 4pm Monday to Friday. Most banks provide convenient automatic teller machines. Foreign currency exchange is available during trading hours.
Lorne tap water is filtered, fresh and safe to drink.

Mantra Lorne, Conference Venue

Mantra Lorne
Mountjoy Parade, Lorne VIC 3232
Phone: (03) 5228 9777
Main carpark located outside reception with one bedroom apartments have allocated car parking spaces outside of their building.

During the Conference

The registration desk opening hours will be announced as planning proceeds.
The registration desk location will be announced as planning proceeds.
Any changes to the conference program will be announced during housekeeping notices each morning. You may also check with Leishman Associates staff at the registration desk.
Registration inclusions will be announced as planning proceeds.
You must advise the conference managers of any special dietary requirements when you register for the conference. Caterers at each function will be informed of these. During the day there will be a buffet table offering food suitable for dietary requirements. If you are unsure, please don’t hesitate to ask staff at the registration desk.

IMPORTANT – If your dietary request relates to a life threatening allergy, please ensure that you advise the organisers as soon as possible.

The members of the conference organising committee and Leishman Associates accept no liability for personal accident of loss or damage suffered by any participant, accompanying person, invited observer or any other person by whatever means. Nor do we accept liability for any equipment or software brought to the conference by delegates, speakers, sponsors or any other party. Please protect your personal property. Do not leave laptops, cameras, and other valuable items unsecured. Be conscious of individuals who appear out of place and do not wear a conference name badge. Advise Leishman Associates staff if this does not occur.
Delegates are not permitted to use any type of camera or recording device at any of the sessions unless written permission has been obtained from the relevant speaker.
We encourage you to download the app as it provides many ways to engage with other delegates and our Sponsors and Exhibitors, plus gives easy access to presentation abstracts.
Details of Barista Coffee will be announced as planning proceeds.
For all Conference Sessions and the Welcome Drinks the dress code is smart casual or informal business. The Conference Dinner dress code is Cocktail.
Yes, further information will be provided to Conference delegates closer to the event.

Social Functions will be announced as planning proceeds.

Speaker, Chairperson or Poster Presenter

Any changes to the conference program will be announced during housekeeping notices each morning. You may also check with Leishman Associates staff at the registration desk.

Please provide your presentation on USB to the AV Technician in the Speakers’ Preparation Room at least 2 hours prior to your presentation.
Chairpersons will receive an email prior to the conference, reminding them of their responsibilities. If you are a chairperson and do not receive this, or have additional questions, please contact Leishman Associates.


When you book your accommodation your credit card details will be transferred to the hotel you have selected – please confirm this on check in with your hotel. Your credit card will not be charged until you check out. If you have arrived 24 hours later than your indicated arrival day you may find that you have forfeited your deposit.

Cancellation and Disclaimer

All intellectual property rights of the event, and all materials distributed at or in connection with the event is owned by the Host, Leishman Associates, Sponsors, &/or Speakers presenting at the event. Participants may not use, reproduce or allow anyone to use or reproduce any trademarks or other trade names appearing at the conference, content, or in any materials distributed at or in connection with the conference for any reason without the prior written permission from the Host.

No part of the conference may be recorded, reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronically or mechanically, including but not limited to video or audio recording, photography, photocopying or any other information storage or retrieval system known now or in the future, without the explicit written permission of the Host.

MAM 2024 reserves the right to amend or alter any advertised details relating to dates, program and speakers if necessary, without notice, as a result of circumstances beyond their control. All attempts have been made to keep any changes to an absolute minimum.
The Organising Committee along with the venue, acknowledge the effects on the environment a conference can have. It is with this in mind that we are working towards reducing the environmental impact of MAM 2024 in the following ways:

  • We encourage you to use the conference app and therefore have only printed a small number of paper programs
  • We are using existing signage and digital signage only
  • Minimising the use of single-use plastics and disposable items
  • Choosing sustainable food options with locally sourced ingredients, minimal packaging, recycling for paper, glass, plastic and organic composting
  • Our Welcome Reception and Conference Dinner are within walking distance so that we do not require coach transport.

A carbon offset is a certificate that represents one tonne of CO2 reduction in the atmosphere. Buying carbon offsets for emissions you may make allows funding for a nominated project that carbon capture and remove the emissions from the atmosphere or help to reduce CO2 in the atmosphere.

MAM 2024 conference aims to offset emissions by contributing to a program that take carbon emissions out of the atmosphere. We will purchase an equivalent number of carbon credits to offset. You may contribute towards carbon offset during the registration process.