It is likely that you have heard of the bushfires near Port Macquarie and in the wider Mid North Coast region of NSW,and you may be wondering about the impact this might have on the ANZHES conference. While conditions remain changeable, we currently believe that the conference can take place as planned. The CSU campus and most accommodation and facilities are in suburban areas or the CBD where the main impact has been smoky conditions from time to time. Most people in Port Macquarie are going about life as usual, though we are very much concerned for those directly impacted by the fires and the firefighters themselves. While there have been some temporary road closures and changes to rail services, flights are, and have been, going in and out as usual. We do face a heightened fire risk on Tuesday 12 November due to the anticipated hot and windy weather, but overall conditions are expected to improve in the week preceding the conference. We shall be in touch if that is not the case.