What not to miss

APP2019, prior to the pandemic. Plenary session

What are the APP2021 sessions you can’t afford to miss? Here’s ten of the best

APP chairman Kos Sclavos runs through the twenty key sessions not to miss at the APP2021 Conference, held on the Gold Coast from 20-23 May.

In the first of a two-part series, we present ten of the sessions Kos identifies as ‘must attends’.

APP Chairman’s top 20 must-attend sessions (in conference date and time order). Part 1:

1/ Opening Address by The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health and Aged Care (Thursday AM)

Minister Hunt has been a staunch advocate for community pharmacy, and this is shown has been displayed in his unwavering support for pharmacies participating in the COVID-19 vaccination program. As this could well be the last APP before the next federal election, I encourage you to listen carefully to the words of the Minister. This session will also include a showcase of best practice pharmacy.  

2/ The Hon Mark Butler MP, Shadow Minister for Health and Aged Care (Thursday AM)

Whilst the Shadow Minister for Health and Aged Care is relatively new to the portfolio, he knows our sector from previous roles. With a federal election scheduled to take place prior to May 2022, as an industry we need to understand Labor’s pharmacy policy. I also look forward to seeing and hearing from fellow pharmacist Emma McBride MP, Shadow Assistant Minister for Mental Health and Shadow Assistant Minister for Carers.

3/ Biosimilars in 2021 & beyond: Are you ready? (Thursday AM)

2021 is a pivotal year in Australian pharmaceutical history with the largest retail biologic, by value on the PBS, losing exclusivity. I predict adalimumab, not COVID, to be the mentioned most at APP. Join  two specialists in the field, a pharmacist and myself as session moderator.  

4/ World Pharmacy Council Panel Session: Scope of practice changes brought on by COVID-19 (Thursday AM)

As health systems around the world have adapted quickly to deal with the global pandemic, many countries have acknowledged the key role pharmacists can play. This session will outline the progress made and opportunities for Australia to pursue.

5/ Dadirri: Our Journey to Reconciliation (Thursday AM)

Reconciliation is an ongoing journey. Building cultural awareness and understanding cultural safety is how community pharmacies can work towards reconciliation.  This process requires Dadirri – a deep reflection and contemplation.  Participants in this session will reflect upon their own professional practise and explore culturally safe practices within their community pharmacy. 

6/ ‘I might be a quadriplegic, but I’m your doctor’ (Thursday PM)
When medical student Dinesh Palipana suffered a severe spinal injury in a car crash, he was told his dream of becoming a doctor was over. Now he’s Queensland’s first quadriplegic doctor, working at one of the state’s busiest hospitals. Join Dr Palipana as he shares his inspiring story.

7/ Will Artificial Intelligence replace pharmacists? (Thursday PM)

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is predicted to disrupt many traditional professions including pharmacy. Join Microsoft’s National Technology Officer, Lee Hickin, who will discuss the role of AI in healthcare and showcase the risks and benefits of AI with global examples.

8/ On track – the Anna Meares story (Thursday PM)

Anna Meares is considered by many to be the greatest cyclist of all time. Despite a terrible cycling accident in 2008 which left her with a hairline fracture in her C2 vertebrae, Anna has collected 18 gold, 16 silver and 10 bronze medals at Olympic, World and Commonwealth Games level. An inspirational story worth watching.

9/ Guild Member (Proprietor) Only Breakfast: Industry Update (Friday AM)

This is the first time Guild Members will hear from the new Guild National President, Trent Twomey in a closed session for members. It is worth coming to APP for this key briefing alone!

10/ The Panel: State of the Industry (Friday AM)
One of my favourite session, always. Hear from leaders of Consumer Healthcare Products Australia, Generic and Biosimilar Medicines Association, Medicines Australia, National Pharmaceutical Services Association, and The Pharmacy Guild of Australia.

Kos says: “As always, picking just 20 program highlights is a near impossible task.

Numerous sessions missed the cut, so I urge you to explore the full program at www.appconference.com and bookmark your session preferences based on your professional development needs and interests”. 


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