National Medicines Symposium 2016: program

19–20 May, Canberra Convention and Exhibition Centre

Making Wise Decisions about medicines, tests and technologies

At NMS 2016 we examined and explored the latest in practice, evidence and systems to drive optimal health decision making across the Australian health landscape. You can listen online or download the podcasts (link best opened in Firefox or Internet Explorer) to catch all plenary and concurrent sessions, as well as one-on-one interviews with speakers and delegates. If you missed a session or know someone who might be interested, please share these recordings.

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Foundations considers evidence, knowledge, safety and quality as building blocks of our health system. Sustainable systems takes the foundation building blocks and explores the design of initiatives and processes in terms of cost, benefit, access, investment and innovation, health outcomes and workforce improvements in an increasingly competitive health environment. In practice explores system implementation, considering models of care, health literacy and how to enable best practice.


Foyer, National Convention Centre

PLENARY 1: Foundations

Under the overarching theme making wise decisions about medicines, tests and technologies,‘Foundations’ will provide a long range view of the broader health system and our future society. Foundations considers evidence, knowledge, safety and quality as building blocks of our health system, and the discussion will unveil the cornerstones of good health decision making now and into the future. Designed to be thought provoking and interactive, this session will set the scene for NMS 2016.


Official opening of NMS 2016
Monica Attard, Conference MC
Welcome to Country and opening address

Opening addresses
Dr Lynn Weekes, CEO, NPS MedicineWise
Andrew Stuart, Deputy Secretary, Department of Health

Keynote address – Global Megatrends: Forever young- 100
Dr Stefan Hajkowicz, Senior Principal Scientist, Strategy and Foresight, CSIRO
Published in 2015 and drawing on hundreds of reports and peer-reviewed references, Global Megatrends: Seven Patterns of Change Shaping Our Future has been described as a tool that can be used by businesses, governments, researchers and students to anticipate and plan for the future. Presenting the ‘Forever Young’ chapter of this book, author Dr Stefan Hajkowicz will explain how an ageing population, changed retirement patterns, chronic illness and rising healthcare will change our world over the next 20 years, and how human innovation is the key to making anything possible.
Foundations for good health decision making: solid rock or shifting sands? -
Speaking from academic, consumer representative, decision maker, clinician, implementer and helicopter-view perspectives, panellists in this Q and A-style discussion will share their views on what enables good decision making in the health system and what are the challenges which need to be overcome in order for best-practice decision making to be achieved.
Panellists include:
Dr Lynn Weekes, CEO, NPS MedicineWise
Prof Andrew Wilson, Chair, Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee
Dr Frank Jones, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Adjunct Professor John Skerritt, Deputy Secretary, The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)
Prof Lloyd Sansom, Emeritus Professor, School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, University of South Australia
Leanne Wells, CEO, Consumers Health Forum
Facilitated by Monica Attard.
11.00 Morning break

1.1 Workshop
Swan Room
Managing the challenges and
opportunities of breakthrough therapies - 101
Dr Prudence Scott, Therapeutic Goods Administration
1.2 Workshop
Torrens Room
Using smartphone-
enabled evidence-
based clinical decision rules to choose imaging wisely - 102
Prof Stacy Goergen, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of
1.3 Workshop
Murray Room
Enhancing Australia’s
post-market surveillance system for medicines and medical devices - 103
Dr Nicole Pratt,
University of South
Louise Bartlett, University of South Australia
1.4 Panel discussion
Derwent Room

Adverse drug reaction reporting – at every level of care, are we meeting our responsibilities in Australia? - 104
Claire Keith, Austin Health
Jane Booth, Austin Health
Dr Richard Hill, Therapeutic Goods Administration
David Woods, New Zealand Formulary

1.5 Pitch presentations
Fitzroy Room

Using morbidity burden data to prioritise medication-related quality of care (MRQoC) indicators for Australian residential aged care - 105
Jodie Hillen, University of South Australia
Community antimicrobial prescribing – the case for tailored guidelines with universal free access - 106
Angus Thompson, University of Tasmania
I need signed approval to prescribe my patient iron tablets? You have got to be kidding! - 107
Sophie Higgins, Central Australia Health Service- Primary Health Care
Comparison of the use of prescription and non-prescription medicines between baby boomers and older adults - 108
Bee Leng Per, The University of Adelaide

Foyer, ground floor

Showcase - MedicineInsight data: the new data on the block- 109
Foundations poster session (12:30 – 13:00)
Sustainable systems poster session (13:00 – 13:30)

CONCURRENT SESSION 2:  Sustainable systems
2.1 Panel discussion

Getting the most out of Choosing Wisely - 110
Panellists include:
- Amy Corderoy, Journalist
-Dr Robyn Lindner, NPS MedicineWise
- Prof Yusuf Nagree,
Australasian College of
Medicine (ACEM)
- Dr Simon Judkins, Austin Hospital
- Dr Andrew Knight, GP and NPS MedicineWise Board Member
- Dr Sue Andrews, Health Care Consumers
-Prof Stephen Jan, The George Institute for Global Health

2.2 Panel discussion
Derwent Room

Reinvigorating the regulation of therapeutic goods advertising to consumers - 111
- Dr Ken Harvey, Monash University
- Dr Agnes Vitry, University of South Australia
- Dr Barbara Mintzes, The University of Sydney

2.3 Workshop
Murray Room

Improving quality use of medicines by older Australians: outcomes of
a national stakeholders’
meeting and development of a strategic plan - 112

- Prof Sarah Hilmer, Royal North Shore Hospital; The University of Sydney
- Assoc Prof Simon Bell, monash University
- Aine Heaney, NPS MedicineWise

2.4 Workshop
Torrens Room

General Practitioner Antimicrobial
Stewardship Programme Study (GAPS) - 113

Dr Minyon Avent, The University of

2.5 Pitch presentations
Fitzroy Room

Medicines access programs to cancer medicines in Australia and New Zealand - 114
Dr Agnes Vitry, University of South Australia
Is it time for PBAC to take the ‘long-view’ of evergreening? The case of SNRIs in Australia - 115
Angus Thompson, University of Tasmania
Improving drug  safety assessment - 116
Dr Adam La Caze, The University of Queensland
Challenging confidence in vaccine cold chain monitoring in remote Australia - 117
Angela Young, Alice Springs Hospital

2.6 Workshop

Teaching and assessment of prescribing compentence: how should we link theory and practice? - 118
Lynda Cardiff, Queensland University of Technology
Lisa Nissen, Queensland University of Technology

14.30 Afternoon break
Foyer, ground floor

PLENARY 2: Sustainable systems

Sustainable systems will explore initiatives and processes in terms of cost, benefit, access, investment and innovation in an increasingly competitive health environment. Sustainable systems asks where are we getting it right? Where is there scope to improve? How can we take what we know and apply it to other areas?


Creating synergies not silos: collaboration to effect change - 119
Multiple initiatives seeking to improve quality of care provide a wealth of information to draw upon, but without dedicated processes to share information the risk is that opportunities for synergy are missed. This session will seek to break down the silos between initiatives and draw out:
- opportunities to align initiatives for greater benefit
- barriers to collaboration
- the role of communication
- defining what success looks like.
Dr Rachel David, CEO, Private Healthcare Australia
Prof Guy Maddern, President, HTAi. Prof of Surgery; Head of Discipline, The University of Adelaide and Head of Research at the Basil Hetzel Research Institute of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Dr Steve Hambleton, Chair, Primary Health Care Advisory Group (TBC)

Adj Assoc Prof Walter Kmet, CEO, Wentwest PHN

Asia-Pacific Quality use of Medicines scholarship winner
Malaysian generic market: challenges, opportunities and future outlook - 120
Zhi Yen Wong, Ministry of Health, Malaysia
Lightning talk - Biosimilars – experiences from statewide implementation - 121
Lisa Robertson, SA Pharmacy
Lightning talk - Targeting the use of diagnostic tests for new presentations of fatigue in primary care - 122
Dr Scott Dickinson, NPS MedicineWise


Lightning talk - Disclosure of industry-funded events for health professionals: the Australian experience - 123
Dr Alice Fabbri, The University of Sydney
Lightning talk - Disinvestment and value-based purchasing strategies for pharmaceuticals: an international review - 124
Dr Bonny Parkinson, Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy
Debate: risk avoidance is the enemy of innovation
This debate will provide a space for speakers and audience to engage in a robust exchange of ideas. The audience will be asked beforehand to choose a side. Speakers will present their view on balancing need for new medicines and technologies with safety and quality, exploring the basis for managed (accelerated) market entry of new health technologies, risks and benefits, and successes and challenges. At the conclusion of the debate the audience will be asked to again cast their vote, to determine the number of people who have shifted their view.
Panellists include:
Michael Wonder, Independent consultant and creator of MAESTrO database
Dr Tony Gill, Principal Medical Adviser, Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)
Prof Andrew Wilson, Chair, Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee
A/Prof Michelle Meyer, Assistant Prof of Bioethics at Clarkson University and Director of Bioethics Policy in the Clarkson–Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Bioethics Program, USA

Health consumer response by Diane Walsh
Facilitated by Claire Duffy
17.25 The expert recap – clinician and consumer representatives synthesising the key takeouts from the discussion
17.30 Close of day one
18:45 bus
for 19:00
National Museum of Australia


PLENARY 3: In practice

In practice explores system implementation, considering models of care, health literacy and how to enable best practice. With innovation comes practical as well as ethical considerations. This session explores decision making by consumers and clinicians, looks at emerging technologies and interventions that support better choices and seeks to discover how we can move from ‘consumer centred’ to ‘partnering with consumers’.
8.30 Opening of day two
New technology and changing perspectives: genetic testing for greater good - 200
Prof Bruce Carleton, Prof of Pediatrics & Co-Chair, Division of Translational Therapeutics, University of British Columbia, Canada
Who decides and at what cost? - 201
Prof Rob Sanson-Fisher, Laureate Professor, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle
Bioethics in the context of innovation - 202
A/Prof Michelle Meyer, Assistant Professor of Bioethics, Clarkson University; Director of Bioethics Policy, Clarkson–Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Bioethics Program, USA
10.55 Morning break
Foyer, ground floor
3.1 Panel discussion
Derwent Room
Medication and mental illness: how consumer
experiences can improve clinical practice - 203
Danielle Keogh, Mental Health
3.2 Panel discussion

Absolute cardiovascular risk: are we missing the target? - 204
- Natalie Raffoul, NPS MedicineWise
- Prof Mark Nelson, Menzies Institute for Medical Research
-Prof Emily Banks, Australian National University
- Kristen Anderson, The University of Queensland
- Nerida Packham, NPS MedicineWise
- Dr Andrew Boyden, NPS MedicineWise

3.3 Panel discussion
Torens Room
Electronic requests with
decision support for diagnostic imaging -205
Prof Richard Mendelson,WA Health Department; University of Western Australia; Notre Dame
3.4 Workshop
Murray Room

Teaching health literacy to disadvantaged adults: what do educators think? - 206
Dr Suzanne Morony, The University of Sydney

3.5 Short presentations: Improving medications in older people
Swan Room

palliaGED: an app for general practitioners supporting older Australians with a life-limiting illness - 207
Paul Tait, Flinders University
Implementation of medication-related indicators of potentially preventable hospitalisations in a national chronic disease management program for older patients with multimorbidity - 208
Dr Gillian Caughey University of South Australia
Reducing inappropriate use of multiple medicines in older people: development and evaluation of a communication tool - 209
Jesse Jansen, The University of Sydney
A clinical pharmacy service to improve medicine use and safety for community nursing clients - 210
Dr Rohan Elliott, Monash University;  Austin Health

3.6 Pitch presentations
Fitzroy Room

Targeting patient opioid literacy - 211
Sunita Goyal, Accident Compensation Corporation, New Zealand
How do we create consumer directed medicines support? - 212
Jane London, NPS MedicineWise
Is Australia ready for managed care? - 213
Dr Henri Becker, KMP
Forward dispensing model in community pharmacy in Australia: an exploration of pharmacist, intern and customer perceptions and experiences - 214
Dmytri Nikolayev

In practice poster session (12:15 – 12:45)
Decision making in the real world
What influences the decisions of health care consumers? How are decisions made? How can health professionals become better informed to enable better consumer decisions? This session will involve presentations offering insights on particular perspectives, followed by an audience Q and A and result in a series of take home insights to apply to everyday practice.
Prof Kirsten McCaffery, Director of Research, NHMRC Career Research Fellow, Sydney School of Public Health, The University of Sydney
Assoc Prof Julie Leask, Associate Professor and Sub-Dean (Early Career Researchers) Public Health, School of Public Health, The University of Sydney
Lightning talk - Getting medicines right when you are living with dementia - 217
Ellen Skladzien, Alzheimer's Australia
Lightning talk - Optimising registered nurse and midwife prescribing opportunities - 218
Karen Bettenay, Queensland University of Technology
Lightning talk - Raising patient awareness and encouraging their commitment to talk to their doctor assists uptake of recommended health services - 219
Natalie Blacker, University of South Australia
Lightning talk - Shared decision-making training to support adults with low literacy: a cluster-randomised controlled trial - 220
Prof Kirsten McCaffery, the University of Sydney
Dr Google - The engaged patient, and how to engage patients more
When patients are more engaged with managing their own health they have better clinical outcomes. We are entering a new era of patient engagement in health. We can now use the Internet to access information on our health, use social media to obtain answers to healthcare questions, download mobile apps and monitor our own heart rate, blood pressure or blood glucose. What can we learn from the engaged patient and how do they change the patient-clinician interaction? What is the future value of these new technologies to engage patients in managing their own health?
Panellists include:
Assoc Prof Jane Burns, CEO, Young and Well
Tim Kelsey, technology expert, futurist, consumer advocate and international perspective, formerly National Director for Patients and Information, NHS England
Sean McClowry, Partner, Customer Strategy & Insights, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
Priorities and solutions
Reflections and discussion
15.45 Wrap up and close of NMS 2016

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