Health Minister Greg Hunt will be delivering the opening plenary at the APP Conference in May
Federal Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt, will be addressing delegates at the Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference and Trade Exhibition (APP) on Thursday 20 May, the Pharmacy Guild of Australia announced on Wednesday.
APP2021 Conference Convenor, Kos Sclavos AM, said the news highlights the significance of community pharmacy in national health policy.
“Everyone knows that Minister Hunt is the busiest Minister in the Federal Cabinet at the moment, leading the Australian Government’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout,” said Mr Sclavos.
“We are thrilled that he has committed to attending APP in person on the Gold Coast.
“We look forward to hearing the Minister’s key messages to the pharmacy profession.”
The announcement comes at a key time for community pharmacy, with the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, said the Guild.
“PBS-approved community pharmacies are currently completing an expression of interest process to become COVID-19 vaccination sites in phase 2A of the Australian Government’s COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy later this year,” added Mr Sclavos.
The Guild looks forward to welcoming Minster Hunt to APP and to showing their gratitude to the Minister for his ongoing support of community pharmacy.
“Personally, I hope my pharmacy colleagues will take the time at APP to thank the Minister for the confidence he has shown in community pharmacy with relation to the key role we will play in COVID-19 vaccinations,” said Mr Sclavos.
Minister Hunt will address delegates during the APP2021 Opening Plenary on Thursday 20 May.
The session will also highlight the achievements and challenges faced by the Guild and the industry in the last 12 months and showcase several awards of excellence including the Pharmacy of the Year, Intern of the Year and Pharmacy Assistant of the Year.
APP2021 will be held from 20-23 May 2021 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.