Full program now available for NMS 2014; earlybird registration closing 18 April

7 April 2014

An updated program has just been released for the National Medicines Symposium (NMS 2014) to be held in Brisbane next month (21–23 May), announcing over 70 successful abstract authors, and including additional plenary speakers from the World Health Organization, CSIRO and leading Australian universities.

Dr Vivian Lin, Director of Health Sector Development at the World Health Organization and based in the Philippines, will address medicine issues in the path to universal health care in the Asia Pacific as part of a plenary session on exploring real world challenges in translating evidence into action and positively shaping the future.

As part of the data > knowledge > action stream, Dr Cécile Paris, Science Leader for Human Computer Interaction at the CSIRO ICT Centre will speak about social media discourse monitoring and trends in data mining, and Dr Nancy Huang from NPS MedicineWise will present a practical case study of the MedicineInsight program as a self learning health system.

Professor Karen Grimmer of the University of South Australia will present about customising guidelines and consolidating best practice to take into account cultural requirements, while health care ethicist from the University of Queensland and author of Best death possible – a guide to dying in Australia Dr Sarah Winch, and Associate Professor Lyndal Trevena from the University of Sydney will join international speaker Gary Schwitzer in the ethics and decision making plenary session to talk about ethical challenges and shared decision making in Australia.

Successful abstracts have been programmed into concurrent sessions and digital poster sessions and will showcase diverse and exciting innovations in research, policy and practice from Australia and into our region.

Discounted earlybird registration is now open until 18 April 2014.

To view the full program, and to register for NMS 2014, visit www.nps.org.au/nms

About NMS 2014

The eighth biennial National Medicines Symposium (NMS), Australia’s preeminent quality use of medicines forum hosted by NPS MedicineWise every two years, will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 21–23 May 2014.

Media registration

Accredited journalists may apply for complementary media registration to attend the event at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, and/or book in to watch the plenary sessions via video link in the NPS MedicineWise Sydney office (located near Central station). To apply, please contact Stephanie Childs or Alex Chapman at NPS MedicineWise via the contact details below.


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