"Final NMS 2012 program now available

1 May 2012

Delegates attending next month’s National Medicines Symposium (NMS 2012) will be spoilt for choice with a full and diverse program, available from www.nps.org.au/nms2012

Over the two-day conference more than 60 presenters will cover topics ranging from improving medication safety to new technologies, and the role of specific medicines in treatment regimes.

The plenary sessions address the five themes of NMS and will be presented by international and nationally-acclaimed experts, including Professor Nick Barber who has been involved in innovative medication safety and ehealth programs in the UK and Professor Emily Banks, Chairperson, Advisory Committee on the Safety of Medicines (ACSOM).

A highlight of NMS will be a panel and audience discussion hosted by SBS Insight presenter, Jenny Brockie, on whether the National Medicines Policy is due for a rethink, with a range of views and issues expected to be hotly contested.   

Concurrent workshops will give delegates the chance to discuss and debate issues like transitions of care, translating policy into different cultural settings and what ehealth will deliver, while the proffered papers sessions provide an opportunity to hear more about the research and work underway by other individuals and groups to address quality use of medicines issues within different health care settings and the broader community. Topics to be covered include:

  • The rofecoxib withdrawal and health outcomes for older Australian women
  • Does electronic prescribing reduce medication errors at discharge?
  • Medication safety issues in Australians aged 50 years and older
  • Medication concordance between patients and their GP in a high risk population
  • Dabigatran - learnings from the listing of a new class of pharmaceutical

A record 267 posters will be on display in the foyer and breakout areas, demonstrating the breadth of research and innovation occurring in the quality use of medicines space at local, state and national levels.

This year the program will be available as a web app (available on all smart phones and tablets) featuring detailed presenter bios and contact information, which can be downloaded via the link at www.nps.org.au/topics/nms/program_and_speakers.

For more information or to register go to www.nps.org.au/nms2012


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