National Medicines Symposium 2016: abstracts

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this leading symposium

The highly anticipated NMS 2016 will bring together some of the most influential organisations, individuals and decision makers in the health sector to debate and discuss pertinent quality use of medicines, medical tests and medical technologies issues.

“…Unmissable for anyone involved in health service delivery and decision making.”

Early bird registrations closes 18 April 2016

Abstract applications are now closed

The NMS 2016 Program Committee warmly invites submission of abstracts for:

With this call for abstracts we seek individuals and teams to demonstrate how you will work through topics, engage in dynamic discussion and share your ideas and work in improving quality of healthcare. You should indicate which stream best suits your abstract.

The NMS 2016 streams are:

  1. Foundations: Evidence. Knowledge. Access. Quality. Safety.
  2. Sustainable systems: Policy. Regulatory. Workforce. Cost.
  3. In practice: Model of care. Health literacy. Enabling best practice.

Questions explored:

  • Evidence is critical: how it’s generated, accessed, translated and used. What is the best approach?
  • Knowledge is critical: well trained workforce and health literate population. How do we build this?
  • Access to health technologies: funding models, market demands; what do we accept as the principles for this within the Australian context?
  • Safety and quality: how do we achieve this in terms of care and products?
Sustainable systems:

Questions explored:

  • How do we reinvigorate the vision for policy and regulatory frameworks and decision processes?
  • Where are we getting it right? Where is there scope to improve?
  • HTA: how do we reduce ambiguity for industry, funders and the community?
  • How can we create synergies, and avoid silos in funding decisions, balancing the realities of clinical practice?
  • How can we create a shared vision as a society about what we will and won’t fund, and set expectations about access?
In practice:

Questions explored:

  • What are the frontiers in shared decision making – barriers and enablers?
  • How we support best decision making, involving health professionals and and consumers?
  • What are the implications for practice in the constantly changing landscape? (communications, technology etc)
  • How do we get from ‘consumer-centred’ to ‘partnering with consumers’?

Benefits of submitting an abstract for lightning talks, workshops, panel discussions and pitches

All abstracts are peer-reviewed and only a limited number of the highest scoring abstracts will be approved for inclusion in the program.

Lightning talks will be allocated 5 minutes in the plenary program. This is a fantastic opportunity to present your work in a plenary session at one of Australia’s leading health symposiums. For lightning talks we will be looking for innovative presentations on key topics, identifying the issue, presenting your solution, and demonstrating the result.

Workshops and panel discussions will be allocated up to an hour in the program in relevant concurrent streams. There are limited spaces to ensure maximum participation and progression of each topic. Holding a workshop or panel discussion at NMS 2016 will expose your ideas to a range of experts from across Australia, and is an excellent forum to stimulate discussion and promote understanding with a diverse audience from across the sector, passionate about health improvement.

Pitch presentations will involve a short interactive session where authors present a 5 or 10 minute idea/proposal for feedback from the audience and a panel which will include an industry representative, researcher, clinical practitioner and consumer. This is an outstanding opportunity to get feedback and advice on your idea in preparation for implementation or research.

Benefits of submitting an abstract for poster display

Poster displays are a rewarding opportunity to meet and learn from colleagues and experts from across Australia. All posters are peer-reviewed before being accepted for display to ensure they meet the high quality standards that NMS demonstrates and promotes.

Posters will be presented in hard copy format and displayed in the main break out area ensuring maximum exposure. Posters should be prepared in portrait format and size should not exceed 841mm wide x 1189mm high (AO size).

Posters will be on display for the duration of NMS. Poster sessions will be held during morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea and authors are requested to be in attendance at their poster during their allocated session time.

Authors will also be required to submit their poster in PDF format for inclusion on the NMS website at the conclusion of NMS

Abstract submission instructions

Abstracts should:

  • be a maximum of 300 words
  • clearly reflect your identified stream
  • state the particular idea/issue/practice/proposal/thesis the abstract intends to address
  • state the objectives and scope of the workshop/panel/pitch/poster being submitted
  • briefly describe the work to be discussed
  • have been proof read to ensure correct spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • be submitted through our abstract submission portal (you will need to create an account)

Closing date for abstract submission is Monday, 29 February 2016.

Any programs and activities described should reflect the following principles

  • Partnering with consumers
  • Innovation in practice and health technologies, including the use of medicines and medical tests
  • Identifying the common ground and shared objectives

For assistance with abstract submission, please contact the NMS 2016 secretariat, Expert Events, via or telephone +61 7 3848 2100.

More information

Do you have questions?

Please contact the NMS secretariat.

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