Registrations now open for NMS 2012; scholarship winner announced

22nd March 2012

Registrations are now open for the National Medicines Symposium (NMS), which is being held in Sydney from 24-25 May 2012.

An early bird discount is being offered to those who register before 30 March.

This year’s theme for the biennial event is ’Building a medicinewise community‘ and focuses on consumers at the centre of medicines use discussions. NMS brings together allied health professionals and other partners to Australia’s National Medicines Policy, along with international representatives to learn, discuss and debate contemporary quality use of medicines issues.

NPS Head of Programs Ms Karen Kaye says that NMS 2012 will tackle quality use of medicines issues from a new angle, looking at all the facets that contribute to achieving safe medicines use.

“The concurrent streams offer something of interest for everyone working in this space and will address a broader range of issues than ever before,” said Ms Kaye. 

The stellar lineup of keynote speakers includes international delegates from the World Health Organization and the University of London School of Pharmacy. 

Winner of the NMS 2012 Asia-Pacific scholarship, Dr Li Yang, will also present her research into the impact of the free medicines policy in rural Beijing for adults with cardiovascular diseases.

Dr Yang is Associate Professor at the School of Public Health at Peking University and holds a PhD in health economics.

Some of the major studies she has been involved in include evaluating the impact the national essential medicines policy and analysing the evidence for rational drug use in clinical practice alongside cost effectiveness of new drugs.

Ms Kaye said the high standard of applications for the scholarship was overwhelming and there will be many opportunities for individuals and organisations to learn from international peers at NMS 2012.

For more information and to register for NMS 2012 visit


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