Program preview: National Medicines Symposium 2020 - Where global and national health priorities intersect

The national health priority of medication safety will intersect with the World Health Organization Global Patient Safety Challenge: ‘Medication Without Harm’ at the 10th National Medicines Symposium (NMS) on Monday 7 December 2020.

Hosted by NPS MedicineWise with the theme ‘Rising to the Medication Safety Challenge’, this will be the first time the annual NMS event will be held virtually.

An introductory keynote address by Professor Amanda Wheeler will bring medication safety into focus, recognising that it is an issue that needs to be addressed in a coordinated way, across disciplines, with the patient at the centre.

This will be followed by lightning talks and breakout sessions to discuss ways of creating genuine impact in a range of complementary areas: medication without harm, insights from consumer journeys, partnerships in health – collaborating for impact, clinical innovation to meet new challenges, and medicines literacy for all.

The symposium will be facilitated by comedian Tim Ferguson, who will provide insights from having lived with multiple sclerosis (MS) for the past 30 years.

The program includes a keynote presentation by Professor Alex Broom from the University of Sydney on person centred approaches to medicine safety, and panel discussions on medicines literacy for all and medication safety across settings.

Registrations for NMS 2020 close on Friday 4 December.

About the National Medicines Symposium

Hosted by NPS MedicineWise, the annual National Medicines Symposium (NMS) brings together the most influential organisations, individuals and decision makers in the health sector to discuss and debate key issues around quality use of medicines and health technologies, and to encourage collective impact with a focus on the needs of the consumer.

The theme for NMS 2020 is ‘Rising to the medication safety challenge’, in the context of medicines safety recently being named a National Health Priority Area and it also being the focus of the 3rd World Health Organization Global Patient Safety Challenge: Medication Without Harm.

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