Speaker FAQs


On behalf of The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, thank you for agreeing to participate in Pharmacy Connect 2019.

The following FAQs will assist in making your Pharmacy Connect 2019 speaking experience as simple and trouble-free as possible.  Please take the time to read these carefully.

Need help applying for CPD?  Call us on 07 3144 3606 or email emma.fernance@qldguild.org.au.   


Pharmacy Connect is an annual national conference hosted by The Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s New South Wales Branch. The event offers attendees a two day education program, 60 stand trade exhibition, Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

The event is designed to meet the need identified by pharmacy owners, pharmacy managers and manufacturers for an industry conference in the second half of the year. Pharmacy Connect is held each year in Sydney. 2019 is the fourth year Pharmacy Connect has been held.

Pharmacy Connect attracts pharmacists, pharmacy owners, pharmacy staff, pharmacy group executives, pharmacy managers, interns, students and industry representatives.

Pharmacy Connect 2019 is taking place on 6-7 September at the Hilton Sydney, 488 George Street, Sydney.

Yes. All speakers are entitled to a complimentary day registration on the day of their presentation (unless otherwise advised by the Event Manager). If you wish to attend the whole conference you may upgrade to a Full Registration for a discounted rate. To register please download the Speaker Registration & Agreement Form and return this by Friday, 5 July 2019.

If accommodation has not been arranged by your session sponsor or The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, you can book accommodation here. Special conference accommodation rates have been negotiated with the conference venue.



To view your presentation day, time and session room, please download a copy of the latest program here.

All sessions have been allocated 45 minutes. To ensure sessions run smoothly and as a courtesy to other speakers, please restrict your presentation to this timeframe.

Please note: Sessions which are CPD accredited must include time for questions from the audience.

Yes. A PowerPoint template, which you are encouraged to use for audio visual consistency, will be emailed to you.  If you have not received this please contact the Event Manager.

If you do not wish to use the template, please create your presentation in widescreen format (16:9).

The following audio visual equipment will be available in your session room:

  • lectern & microphone
  • lapel microphone
  • laser pointer
  • dual projection screens

If you require additional audio visual equipment, please advise the Event Manager.

Each conference session will be recorded and provided in the online session recordings, which are emailed to delegates and session sponsors post-event. If you do not wish your session to be recorded please indicate this on the Speaker Registration & Agreement Form.



The accreditation of sessions allows pharmacists to gain CPD credits when they attend accredited sessions. Each year, pharmacists must earn a specified number of credits to maintain registration. In our experience, sessions which have been accredited for CPD credits are more likely to attract higher numbers of delegates.

All presenters must apply for CPD accreditation for their session. The only exception to this are sessions with a predominately commercial and promotional focus (e.g. advertorial and product-based sessions). If you have any queries regarding this, please contact the Events Manager.

For a session to be eligible for CPD accreditation certain material (as outlined below) must be submitted. Once you have submitted the required material, The Pharmacy Guild of Australia will review the session information against the criteria described in the Accreditation Standards for Continuing Professional Development Activities.  If further information is required from the presenter, the Event Manager will be in contact.

Item Deadline
Speaker Registration & Agreement Form Friday, 5 July 2019
Completed CPD Accreditation Application Form for each presenter Friday, 9 August 2019
Final PowerPoint presentation on template Friday, 9 August 2019
Handouts/instructional material (if applicable) Friday, 9 August 2019
Assessment questions (Multiple Choice Questions/MCQs) with correct answer highlighted at least five (5) MCQs are required for activities of a duration of up to one hour Friday, 9 August 2019

Session material submitted after 9 August will not be eligible for CPD accreditation.  Please submit to emma.fernance@qldguild.org.au.

Yes, The Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s Queensland Branch is pleased to offer all speakers access to Guild pharmacists who can assist with the application process (e.g. creating multiple choice questions) and answer any questions.  Please contact the Events Manager for further information.

 The CPD accreditation review process will be undertaken on any material submitted up to Friday, 9 August 2019. Changes to presentations are not permitted once accreditation has taken place, as any changes to the accredited presentation will need to be reviewed again.

PowerPoint Presentation:

  • Please ensure that current and complete references are included in your presentation, where applicable
  • Content should be free of commercial bias and have no promotional content (e.g. the posting of the image of a specific product but not others on the market)
  • Content should be relevant and contemporaneous to the pharmacy industry
  • When referring to available products, active ingredients and various brand names must be used to achieve a balanced presentation, e.g. ‘ibuprofen (Nurofen, Advil, Brufen, Rafen) is indicated for the management of mild pain’
  • When referring to a product or service it must be presented in a way which outlines the overall concept rather than an individual product and/or service, e.g. discuss a pharmacy adherence program concept rather than a specific service such as GuildCare New to Therapy or Compliance programs
  • Your presentation content must cover information for the assessment questions that will be asked of participants when seeking CPD points


MCQs/Assessment Questions:

  • Please provide at least five (5) multiple choice questions for activities of a duration of up to one (1) hour
  • MCQs answers must:
    • have at least four (4) plausible answers (A-D)
    • not include ‘true / false’, ‘all of the above’ and /or ‘ don’t know’ answer options
  • Highlight the correct answer for each question
  • Each question must be based on the content covered in the session and questions must relate back to all of the specified learning objecives
  • Please ensure questions are of sufficient difficulty and can’t be answered unless the participant actually attends the session

Item Deadline
Speaker Registration & Agreement Form Friday, 5 July 2019
Final PowerPoint presentation on template Friday, 30 August 2019



Please arrive at the conference at least 30 minutes prior to your session and advise staff at the Registration Desk that you are onsite. If you arrive within this timeframe you will be taken directly to your session room and introduced to the session Chairperson or Chairperson’s support person.

Following your presentation you are free to leave the session room, unless arrangements have been made with your session sponsor to remain until the end of the session block.

Yes, a meeting room will be available with a laptop and printer provided if you need to print your presentation or notes. Tea, coffee, water and light refreshments will also be available.

If you are running late for your session, please call the Pharmacy Connect Event Manager, Emma Fernance, on 0402 427 691. Emma will liaise with the session Chairperson and develop a contingency plan for your presentation time.

Yes, Hilton self-parking is available at Secure Car Park for a cost of $55.40 per day per entry (prices may change without prior notice). Car park access details are as follows:

  • Enter Secure Parking via the driveway at 255 Pitt Street. Once you turn left onto driveway, follow the down ramp on the right hand side to the underground car park. Make sure to enter Hilton/Secure parking, not Wilson Parking.
  • At the boom gate, collect 2 tickets from the machine (the button only needs to be pressed once) and wait for 2 tickets to be produced.
  • Proceed through gate and follow the signs around to the right, pulling up at the stop sign where an attendant will be waiting to park your vehicle.

If there is no attendant and you must leave your vehicle, PLEASE LEAVE YOUR KEYS IN THE VEHICLE

  • As parking is complimentary for speakers on the day of their presentation, please collect a parking voucher from the registration desk on your arrival at the conference

Each session has a Chairperson who will advise you when you have five (5) minutes left in your session.   Once again, to ensure the sessions run smoothly and as a courtesy to other speakers, please restrict your presentation to the allocated timeframe.


Who do I contact if I have more questions?

For any speaker related questions before, during or after the event, please contact:

Pharmacy Connect Event Manager
Emma Fernance
P. 0402 427 691
E: emma.fernance@qldguild.org.au