Medicines in health: shaping our future at NMS 2014 in Brisbane

18 February 2014

Additional speakers and an antibiotic resistance stream have been added to the program for the eighth biennial National Medicines Symposium (NMS 2014) to be held in Brisbane in May.

NPS MedicineWise executive manager and chair of the NMS 2014 Scientific Programming Committee, Ms Karen Kaye, says the program which explores sustainability, translating data into action, and ethics and decision making is set to deliver an unmissable event which will live up to its reputation as the Australia’s leading forum on quality use of medicines. The biennial symposium is renowned for bringing together clinicians, experts and decision makers to take a long range view of how to overcome contemporary medicines challenges.

International and local experts

During the opening session on medicines in health: shaping our future, social researcher, demographer and commentator Mark McCrindle will present on the health landscape in 2025, and a panel of representatives from industry sectors will discuss “From here to there: The path to a healthy medicines future; where do we start?”.

Keynote speakers Durhane Wong-Rieger, President and CEO of The Institute for Optimizing Health Outcomes in Canada and Professor Ian Frazer, CEO and Director of the Research Translational Institute will explore future sustainability of medicines in terms of cost, benefit, access, quality and safety, and investment in an increasingly competitive health environment.

Professor Bert Leufkens of the Netherlands will address the data, knowledge and evidence stream, speaking on using evidence to inform action and decision making, while Gary Schwitzer, publisher of the US-based, will host a workshop exploring health media accountability and exploring issues around ethics in information provision as part of the ethics and decision making sessions.

Antibiotics stream

Reflecting the continued global focus on antibiotic resistance, an antibiotics stream will also take place at NMS 2014, covering new ideas and new approaches to achieving effective antibiotic community stewardship in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Presentations from experts in the field will be followed by facilitated discussions.

Abstract submission

Abstracts for oral presentations (ten minutes in concurrent seminar sessions with five minutes for questions), lightning talks (five minutes during the plenary program) and posters are being accepted until 24 February. Abstract submissions should fit with one of the three NMS 2014 themes: sustainability, exploring how data and evidence translates into action, and ethics and decision making.

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.

Registration for the event is now open, with discounted early registration open until 18 April.

For more information and to register visit


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