Shadow Minister for Health and Medicare the Hon. Catherine King MP will address delegates at APP2018 on Friday 4 May 2018.
Pharmacy Guild of Australia National President George Tambassis said that it is important to hear from all major political parties in the lead up to the next Community Pharmacy Agreement.
“It is great news that the APP conference will again hear from the ALP Shadow Minister for Health and Medicare, Catherine King MP. Catherine King has a comprehensive knowledge of the health portfolio and a genuine understanding of the important role of community pharmacy in the health system.
“I know that Catherine has a vision for the next Community Pharmacy Agreement and I am pleased to say the Guild has an open dialogue with her and her office.
“It is also very timely to be hearing from the Labor Shadow Minister as I know the ALP is about to embark on a new national policy platform to be endorsed at their National Conference in Adelaide in July, so this is a good time to be having two-way communication with Labor’s Shadow Minister for Health,” said George.
APP Chairman Kos Sclavos AM said that the announcement of Shadow Minister for Health and Medicare adds to the already impressive Friday morning at APP2018.
“At 8:30am The Panel: State of the Industry, a conference highlight, will be followed immediately by the presentation from Labor’s Shadow Minister for Health.
“The addition of Minister King adds to an impressive array of speakers. APP will once again play host to a range of international speakers, including US pharmacist Joe Moose, who will outline lessons from the USA on establishing strong relationships with patients and the patient’s local healthcare team.
“Other international speakers include UK based oncologist Dr Paul Cornes, who will discuss biologics and biosimilars and inspire pharmacists on the key role they will play. US pharmacist and CEO & Executive Vice President of the American College of Apothecaries, Donnie Calhoun will also discuss how pharmacy practice around the world is changing as patients are seeking out new ways to stay well.
“A huge effort has gone into the development of the APP2018 Conference Program. We wanted to give pharmacists the tools and support to succeed in their pharmacies today and to also guide them on issues such as the likely transition of professional pharmacist scope of practice, the direction of the pharmaceutical sector and drug innovation and even broader again, the likely direction of the health sector. Added to that we have included broader retail influences such as modern consumer behaviour, retailing trends, and the threat of Amazon,” Kos said.
APP offers attendees a comprehensive four-day educational program, an exciting social agenda and a trade exhibition featuring over 450 stands showcasing the latest products, services, and industry developments.