Acknowledgement of First Peoples

The AussieMit Organisation Committee acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters, and communities. Further, we would like to specifically acknowledge the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and Boon Wurrung Bunurong peoples of the eastern Kulin Nations where AussieMit 2024 will take place. We sincerely pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders past and present. 

Equity and Inclusion

Mitochondrial disease does not discriminate. It is devastating to all those touched by it — women, men, trans and gender diverse people, children, and families. It impacts people of all ages and backgrounds. If we are going to advance our understanding of mitochondrial disease, and our arsenal against it, we need everyone working together.

It is our vehement goal to ensure AussieMit 2024 is not only gender balanced in the program it delivers but is also inclusive and accommodating to all those who wish to partake. If there is anything we, as the organising committee, can do to help your participation in this event, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Event Accessibility

The AussieMit 2024 Organising Committee are working closely with the Melbourne Museum to ensure this event is accessible to all. The Melbourne Museum is a fully wheelchair accessible venue, (wheelchairs are also available free of charge) and have a dedicated team who can assist with any additional audio/visual requirements. Please inform us if you have specific requirements, and we will endeavour to meet your needs.

Environmental Impacts

As we are committed to reducing the environmental impact of this event, we will be supplying programs and booklets in an online format only (with QR code access). We encourage all attendees to bring their own water bottles/coffee mugs, and to consider public transport wherever possible. The Melbourne Museum is accessible by bus, tram, and train. Please visit the Museum’s website for more information on getting to the venue. Bicycle racks on the Plaza provide ample bicycle parking just outside the front door. We have also arranged a number of discounts at local accommodation options within walking distance of the venue.

Code of Conduct

AussieMit conferences have historically been an incredibly welcoming and safe space for all those interested in mitochondrial research. The Code of Conduct for AussieMit 2024 aims to protect this, by ensuring a safe, inclusive, and respectful environment for all participants by promoting open dialogue and active participation without fear of discrimination, harassment, or exclusion. The conference is committed to providing a welcoming atmosphere for individuals of all genders, sexual orientations, abilities, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, and religions. The Code outlines expected behaviours, including authentic participation, respect for all participants, consideration in speech and actions, and maintaining professionalism. Participants are encouraged to foster a positive experience for everyone, be mindful of their surroundings, and alert organisers to any issues. Any unacceptable behaviour that violates this code may result in expulsion without a refund. You can download the full Code of Conduct here.

Social Media Policy

At AussieMit 2024, we encourage participants to actively engage on social media to share insights, foster discussions, and promote the advancement of mitochondrial biology and mitochondrial disease, however, we also want to maintain the confidentiality of unpublished research so that cutting-edge data can be shared and discussed freely. To ensure a positive and productive online environment, please adhere to the following social media guidelines:

Be Respectful: Engage with fellow delegates and the public respectfully and professionally. Avoid any form of harassment, offensive language, slander, or personal attacks on social media.

Maintain Confidentiality: Do not share unpublished data or proprietary information. Do not use photography, visual recording or other recording devices during oral and poster presentations.

Follow Speaker Guidelines: Respect the wishes of speakers regarding the sharing of their presentations or research. Do not post images of data on social platforms without the consent of the presenter.

Use Event Hashtags: Use the official conference hashtag #AussieMit2024 to join the conversation and make your posts easily discoverable.

By following these guidelines, you contribute to a respectful and enriching online community that supports the goals of AussieMit 2024. Thank you for your participation and cooperation.