Conference Wrap Up

From the jam-packed education sessions featuring local and international speakers through to the buzzing trade exhibition and social events – Pharmacy Connect has been hailed as a success.

Conference Convenor Kos Sclavos said that over 700 pharmacists, pharmacy students, and industry representatives attended the three day event.

“Now in its second year, we’re thrilled to see the conference continue to grow and be embraced by the industry. Thank you to all of the delegates, sponsors, exhibitors and industry representatives for supporting this event,” Kos said.

The conference commenced on Friday 1 September with sell-out pre-conference workshops focusing on harm minimisation and professional health services in the pharmacy.

‘Collaboration’ was a key theme for the conference program, with 12 international speakers highlighting key trends for the global community pharmacy sector. Representatives from the US, Canada, South Africa, the UK and Ireland discussed lessons for Australia, to ensure community pharmacy remains a viable part of the healthcare system.

The Judy Liauw address on empowering women in community pharmacy included an all-female panel who spoke of women’s determination balanced with the inherent ability to care and nurture. Female delegates were encouraged to be proud of these qualities and recognise how valuable they are, particularly for a successful career in pharmacy.

Conference delegates showed they are ready to plan and prepare for the future of community pharmacy, with standing room only in education sessions on codeine up-scheduling and the King Review. Sessions focusing on emerging markets such as medicinal cannabis and 6CPA trail programs were also popular.

The new venue at the Hilton Sydney provided a spacious layout to accommodate 50+ trade stands. Delegates enjoyed networking with industry suppliers with ample opportunity to gain hands-on experience with products and services to improve their pharmacy.

Friday night’s welcome reception kicked off the social activities, providing an opportunity for delegates to connect with colleagues, Guild officials, international speakers and industry representatives. Comedian James Smith had the audience in stitches at the Gala Dinner and delegates danced the night away to the live band.

Congratulations to students from the University of Tasmania, and their team ‘Isle Pharmacy’ in winning the National Student Business Plan Competition. A total of 14 teams entered the competition with the top three presenting their live ‘investment pitches’ to judges and conference delegates on Saturday 2 September. All finalists proved that the future of community pharmacy is in good hands!

Pharmacy Connect 2018 will be held from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 September 2018 at the Hilton Sydney.