National Medicines Symposium 2016

Making wise decisions about medicines, tests and technologies

National Medicines Symposium banner: 18-20 May 2016, National Convention Centre in Canberra

The ninth National Medicines Symposium (NMS) 2016 was held 19–20 May 2016 at the National Convention Centre in Canberra. Watch this video which provides a snapshot of the discussion. Thank you to everyone who came and contributed to make NMS 2016 such an excellent experience.

This leading biennial symposium brings together experts from across Australia and abroad to discuss and debate local and global approaches to quality use of medicines, and in 2016 expanded to include quality use of broader health technologies. NMS is a unique cross-disciplinary event, with representatives from all areas of the health sector, enabling more comprehensive conversations. Delegates at NMS 2016 included clinicians, policy makers, researchers and academics, industry representatives, consumers and government.

The theme for NMS 2016 was Making wise decisions about medicines, tests and technologies: co-designing policy, practice and priorities. It looked at current and future challenges affecting the medicines, tests and broader health sector. The conference streams were: ‘foundations for success’, ‘sustainable systems’, and ‘in practice’.

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.

The Post Event report provides a summary of the presentations, discussions, workshops and lightning talks that occurred at NMS 2016. It outlines the main themes, opportunities and ongoing challenges as presented by the speakers.


Important dates

  • Abstract submission closed: Monday, 29 February 2016
  • Abstract notification to authors: Friday, 1 April 2016
  • Early registration closed: Monday, 18 April 2016
  • Accommodation booking deadline: Monday, 18 April 2016
  • NMS 2016: 19–20 May 2016

Hear the preview of the event.

Exhibitors at NMS 2016

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