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In May local and international experts will join with pharmacists and other
delegates in Canberra to discuss, debate and explore the challenges,
opportunities and policy implications for the quality use of medicines,
tests and technologies at the 2016 National Medicines Symposium.
Previous editions of the biennial
symposium have generated and
facilitated discussions designed to
inform policy and practice in the use of
medicines however, the 2016 edition of
the symposium has been expanded to
include discussions on the quality use of
medical tests and technologies.
Hosted by NPS MedicineWise the 2016
National Medicines Symposium will be
held over two days on 19--20 May.
It is a highly regarded and unique
event renowned for its contemporary
program, learning and networking
opportunities for pharmacists and
exceptional national and international
The inclusion of medical tests and
health technologies to the symposium's
scope is an exciting addition to the
symposium and reflects current trends
in the healthcare sector. It also opens the
symposium to new industries and a wider
range of delegates than ever before.
It is a unique cross-disciplinary
event, with representatives from all
areas of the health sector, enabling
more comprehensive conversations.
Delegates include clinicians, policy
makers, researchers and academics,
industry representatives, consumers
The theme for NMS 2016 is Making
wise decisions about medicines, tests
and technologies: co-designing policy,
practice and priorities and we will be
encouraging delegates and guests to
discuss current and future challenges
affecting the medicines, tests and
technology in the health sector.
The program for the 2016 edition has
been re-designed to facilitate a wider
range of discussions and for delegates
to have opportunity to share even more
ideas and knowledge than previously.
This year we're inviting individuals,
groups and organisations to apply
via abstract submission to present or
run a session as part of the program.
This could be in the form of a five
minute 'lightning talk'; hosting a panel
discussion; pitching an idea, innovation
or solution; or running a workshop.
This change in format is in response to
previous years' feedback and provides
an unique opportunity to significantly
involve, update and share with the
cross disciplinary audience which NMS
All abstracts are peer-reviewed and
given the increased involvement in the
program and exposure to delegates,
only a limited number of the highest
Symposium to explore
QUM challenges for
BY DR ROBYN LINDNER CHAIR OF THE NATIONAL MEDICINES SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM COMMITTEE
BE OUR GUEST
scoring abstracts will be approved for
inclusion in the program.
Registrations are now open for interested
parties who want to examine and explore
the latest in practice, evidence and systems
to drive optimal health decision making
across the Australian health landscape.
As part of the symposium NPS
MedicineWise is also hosting a Gala
Dinner where the winners of the National
MedicineWise Awards will be announced.
Full delegate early registration is available
now for $740 and includes:
• attendance at all symposium sessions
on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 May
• a copy of the program and
• access to the symposium proceedings,
morning teas, lunches, and
• welcome reception networking event
• ticket to the Gala symposium dinner
and National MedicineWise awards on
Thursday, 19 May.
Against a backdrop of ongoing reform
and growing recognition of the value
of appropriate care to improving health
outcomes, NMS 2016 is an unmissable
event for anyone involved in health
service delivery and decision making.
More information about the symposium
including abstract submissions, how to
register and a draft program is available
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