What to see at APP

Kos Sclavos gives the lowdown on his top 20 must see sessions at APP2018 (part 1)

1. Key Note Address by The Hon Greg Hunt MP Minister for Health and Pharmacy of The Year Awards

(Thursday AM) – What a way to kick off the event with a new style opening session. Be inspired by the Pharmacy of Year Award Winners. We look forward to hearing from the Minister for Health and are thrilled that the Minister has again agreed to speak at APP.

Minister for Health Greg Hunt addresses delegates at APP2017.

2. The “how to” of forward pharmacy – applications for the pain challenge

(Thursday AM) – The pain category will undergo significant change in 2018, and this session will assist pharmacists on how to support patients in this transition. The speaker is Glenn Guilfoyle, Founder & Principal, The Next Level.

3. Enhanced Services Networks for pharmacy – lessons from the USA (Alan Russell Oration)

(Thursday PM) – US special guest speaker and pharmacist, Joe Moose will outline lessons from the USA on establishing strong relationships with patients and the patient’s local healthcare team. How will your pharmacy provide enhanced services that will improve the health of complex patients?

4. The future of healthcare

(Thursday PM) – Glenn Singleman, Medical Practitioner & Professional Adventurer will discuss healthcare undergoing a technology driven disruption. The age of personalised medicine has arrived with the availability of medications based on individual genome analysis, and wearable health and wellness devices are predicted to have sales in excess of $34 billion by 2020. This presentation will examine the technology and trends that are shaping the future of health.

5. A view to 2020 – what will great “customer centricity” look like in 3 years?

(Thursday PM) – Continuing the look into the future, speaker Michael Walton will discuss an interesting question. What if the needs of consumers change? What if you could serve needs the consumer never thought you could? What if the changes offered you new opportunities for growth? This session will review key consumer trends, and importantly give advice on the incremental changes pharmacies can name.

6. Amazon – their ambitions for Australia and scenarios for Pharmacy

(Thursday PM) – I expect a full house to attend the session with Amazon Expert, John Batistich. With broad connections across retail and directly with Amazon, John is well positioned to provide insight into this fast-changing online retailer and the likely relevance to the pharmacy industry.

7. Welcome Reception

(Thursday PM) – The networking focal point and always a highlight of APP, this year’s Welcome Reception is no different and will provide pharmacists, pharmacy staff, students, suppliers and other health-related industry professionals with the perfect opportunity to catch up. The Welcome Reception is where new acquaintances, friendships and business relationships are forged in a relaxed environment, and where entertainment is provided and drinks and a buffet dinner is served.

8. Guild Member Only Breakfast

(Friday AM) – This interactive breakfast will feature a presentation by Guild National President George Tambassis, followed by a Q&A session where Guild members can pose questions to the National President and other Guild officials. Make sure you book a ticket to this event.

9. The Panel: State of the Industry

(Friday AM) – Transitioning from the traditional Thursday timeslot, this session features our industry’s main players who will explore current issues and discuss the complexity of the current industry environment.

10. Fighting Alzheimer’s Disease

(Friday AM) – Join Ita Buttrose AO OBE, Businesswoman, Best-Selling Author, Community & Welfare Contributor. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, representing 70% of all cases. As Dementia Australia’s National Ambassador, Ita will discuss ways to reduce people’s risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The role of pharmacy in fighting dementia will be also explored.

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