Getting things back on track


APP2021 will tell delegates how pharmacy can survive and thrive in the post-COVID era; plus a virtual National Medicines Symposium will be held this month

With the coronavirus pandemic resulting in significant changes impacting community pharmacy, a key question many pharmacy owners and managers are now asking themselves is ‘how can my pharmacy survive and thrive in a post COVID world? And what’s the new ‘normal’?’

Addressing this issue at next year’s Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference (APP) will be a panel session moderated by APP convenor and past Guild national president, Kos Sclavos.

Featuring leading pharmacist industry figures, the panel will delve into how community pharmacies can and must adapt to the permanent changes caused by the pandemic.

“In 2020, community pharmacies have had to rapidly evolve to embrace new legislation and change to provide primary healthcare to Australians,” Mr Sclavos said.

“This not-to-be-missed panel session at APP will provide key insight into navigating a path out of COVID and beyond.”

The panel will cover topics such as electronic prescriptions, the move to online purchasing, depleted OTC categories, social media marketing, 7CPA and private professional programs, and pharmacist vaccinator opportunities.

“Our panel of experts will also discuss pharmacy rents, fit-out changes, staff rosters and productivity issues, and a review of trading hours to reflect changes in consumer shopping habits,” Mr Sclavos said.

“APP2021 is the chance for the community pharmacy industry to reconnect and share some of our experiences. We’re looking forward to reconnecting with care in 2021.”

“The safety and wellbeing of attendees is our number one priority and we’re working closely with the venue to mitigate any risks associated with COVID-19,” he concluded.

The panel is one of 60+ sessions featured on the APP2021 program. Presentations will cover clinical pharmacy and product updates, business building, industry updates, and personal and professional development topics.

APP2021 will take place from 20–23 May at the Gold Coast Convention Centre. Register now at the Super Early Bird registration rate to save over $200.

A virtual symposium

NPS MedicineWise invites you to register for the National Medicines Symposium (NMS) 2020 to be held as a fully virtual event on Monday, 7 December.

With the theme ‘Rising to the medication safety challenge’, NMS 2020 will bring together influential organisations, individuals and decision makers within the health sector to discuss and consider collaborative approaches to improving medication safety that focus on the needs of the consumer.

NMS 2020 will feature expert speakers to provide the latest updates on medicine safety and the challenges we are facing in our current health environment, including Professor Alex Broom, Dr Amanda Wheeler and Professor Clara Chow. Australian comedian Tim Ferguson will facilitate the event.

The virtual event will have all the program features of past NMS events, including concurrent sessions as well as lightning talks and panel discussions.

Program streams will include:

  • medication without harm;
  • insights from consumer journeys;
  • clinical innovation to meet new challenges;
  • partnerships in health—collaborating for impact; and
  • medicines literacy for all.

The innovative online platform will encourage digital networking and interaction between participants and presenters throughout the day.

Registration is now open at $100 for the full day online event. For more information, go here

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