SHPA has confirmed that Federal Minister for Health Sussan Ley has accepted an invitation to attend Medicines Management 2016, the 42nd SHPA National Conference which will be held in Perth on 16-19 November.
SHPA CEO Ms Kristin Michaels says, “We are delighted that Minister Ley has accepted an invitation to attend our conference.”
“This is a signal of the Federal Government’s recognition of the important roles played by all of our members and we hope it is a robust foundation step in building a strong working relationship for the future,” she says.
“Our organisation has the potential to make a substantial contribution to government policy, especially regarding optimum use of medicines and taking steps to enhance medication safety in hospitals.
“We are always willing to assist governments achieve better, more cost efficient use of medicines as a means of enhancing patient outcomes and reducing medicines-related risks within the health system,” she says.
Michaels says that Minister Ley is one of the most qualified persons to ever hold the Federal health portfolio.
“The Minister has three degrees: a Bachelor of Economics, Master of Taxation Law and a Master of Accounting,” she says.
“Minister Ley has been responsible for a number of important national health initiatives, including a new strategy to tackle diabetes, the ‘No time for never’ campaign that encourages Australians to become involved in organised sport, and Australia’s first national approach to indigenous cancer care.
“The decision by the Federal Minister for Health, the Hon Sussan Ley to attend the SHPA annual conference in November is both a recognition of the contribution our members make to enhanced healthcare in Australia and a demonstration of the current Federal Government’s commitment to delivering a more effective health system,” Michaels says.