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The pharmacy event calendar continues to suffer from pandemic- related cancellations. However, there is good news on the horizon 

Here’s a rundown of some of the latest developments in the pharmacy event diary. For more upcoming events, go to our online Events Calendar.

APP returns to March in 2022

Following a move to May in 2021 to allow for more time for COVID-19 restrictions to be lifted, next year’s Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference and Trade Exhibition is returning to its original timing of March.

Scheduled for 24-27 March 2022 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, APP2022 will deliver a program focussed on wellbeing.

Mentor and coach, Peter Thurin, has already been secured as a keynote speaker for the conference.

Peter will inspire delegates to achieve their goals by sharing the story of the pursuit of his dream to attain a black belt in martial arts. His keynote address at is aimed at assisting attendees to find the inspiration, enthusiasm, and determination they need to achieve their goals.

Further speakers will be announced soon, with the full program available in November.

Attendees wanting to save on their registration fee can take advantage of early bird pricing when it opens in September.

For further details go to

Pharmeducation rescheduled

The Pharmeducation Clinical Update in Melbourne, postponed from August, will now be held in November.

Presented by Debbie Rigby and Dr Geraldine Moses, the rescheduled event will be held at the Pullman Melbourne Albert Park Hotel on the 13 and 14 November.

Topics covered include:

  • Beyond the blue puffer: options for mild asthma treatment
  • Managing acute pain without codeine
  • 10 things to know about MTX
  • UTIs in primary care
  • Safety headlines
  • Update on medication-related ONJ
  • Gout update
  • What’s in your tea?
  • MHT update
  • Management of dry mouth
  • Trouble with tramadol
  • SGLT2 inhibitors: risks and benefits
  • Sleep in older people
  • Medicines Safety

Go here for more information on this and other upcoming Pharmeducation events  

Pharmacy Connect

Due to the on-going COVID-19 outbreak and extended lockdown in New South Wales, Pharmacy Connect 2021 was postponed until 1-3 September 2022. However, because of the COVID 100% refund guarantee in place, registrations can be transferred to the 2022 conference or refunded in full.

Mr. David Heffernan, New South Wales Guild Branch President, said that while challenging, the decision was the correct one to protect everyone’s health and safety.

“New South Wales community pharmacies are currently fighting hard on the frontline of a COVID-19 outbreak that is unfortunately very close to home. They are focusing on what matters most – the health and safety of their patients.”

PSA Onshore Refresher

The organising committee of the annual PSA Refresher made the following announcement: “The ongoing lockdown situations in NSW and Queensland has made proceeding with the planned program for the 2021 Onshore Refresher Conference in Darwin now impossible with only 4 weeks to go. 

Given all of the work in preparing the program and the obvious popularity of the chosen venue, PSA has decided to reschedule the full Darwin program to the first available dates following the forthcoming wet season”. 

The new dates that have been secured are:

27th April – 4th May Pre Red Centre tour
4th – 10th of May 2022 Main Conference Darwin
10th – 13th May Post Kakadu tour 

All elements of the current advertised program and travel schedule are expected to be retained.  

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