National Medicines Symposium to discuss QUM, technology

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Local and international medical experts and health professionals will converge in Canberra from 18-20 May 2016 to take part in the ninth National Medicines Symposium: Making wise decisions about medicines, tests and technologies.

NMS 2016 will bring together influential people in the health sector to debate and discuss current quality use of medicines, medical tests and medical technologies issues for consumers, health professionals and the broader health landscape.

This year the scope of the symposium has broadened to health technologies beyond medicines which will encourage new and exciting conversations and insights as part of the program.

The theme of ‘Making wise decisions about medicines, tests and technologies: co-designing policy, practice and priorities’ will centre on three program streams:

  • Foundations: exploring issues relating to evidence, knowledge, access, quality, and safety.
  • Sustainable systems which will consider aspect like policy, regulatory, workforce and cost.
  • In practice will examine topics like models of care, health literacy and enabling best practice.


“Over the years NMS has gone from strength to strength and is now the leading symposium on advancing quality use of medicines,” says NPS MedicineWise CEO Dr Lynn Weekes.

“NMS draws experts from across the health sector together and this combination of people and decision makers creates a truly unique event where cross-disciplinary conversations emphasise and enable solutions and contemporary thinking.”

The NMS 2016 Program Committee is inviting individuals, organisations and/or consortia to make a submission to be part of the program. While in previous years it has invited traditional abstracts for oral presentations, this year is different with an open invitation to submit an abstract for one of the following:

  • Lightning talks (five minute plenary presentation).
  • To host a panel discussion or workshop.
  • Pitching session (opportunity to ‘pitch’ an idea or innovation).
  • Posters (for display at the symposium).


Submissions can be up to 300 words and will be peer-reviewed and assessed for inclusion in the program. Abstracts should align with one of the three symposium streams and clearly outline the objective and scope of the proposal.

The closing date for submission is Monday 29 February 2016. Visit for more details.


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NOTICE: It can sometimes take awhile for comment submissions to go through, please be patient.

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