Speakers announced for virtual National Medicines Symposium 2020

Keynote speakers and panel presenters have been announced for the completely virtual National Medicines Symposium (NMS) 2020, to be hosted by NPS MedicineWise on Monday 7 December.

With the theme Rising to the medication safety challenge, presenters from around Australia will join the live stream to enable participants from all parts of the health sector to take home ideas and solutions for improving medication safety in their setting.

Prof Amanda Wheeler, Professor of Mental Health at Griffith University and a registered pharmacist who has worked as a health practitioner, educator and researcher in mental health and pharmacy practice for over 20 years, will set the scene for NMS 2020, examining why ‘Medication safety is everyone’s business’.

Keynote speaker Prof Alex Broom, Professor of Sociology at the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney and recognised international leader on sociology, will present on ‘The social life of medicines: Person-centred approaches to medication safety’.

Tim Ferguson, one of Australia’s most accomplished comedians, will MC the online event, providing insights from having lived with multiple sclerosis (MS) for the past 30 years. Tim will facilitate three of the panel sessions which will bring together consumer, health professional, academic and policy maker perspectives from across the health sector on the symposium theme, Rising to the medication safety challenge.

“I encourage everyone who has a hand in medicines safety to join us online at NMS 2020 this December,” said NPS MedicineWise CEO Adj A/Prof Steve Morris.

“As part of this year’s event, we’ll be replicating in a virtual environment the engagement and interaction that we know participants love about NMS. Options will include small group virtual networking sessions during the breaks, interactive panel sessions with questions invited from the audience, and the ability to connect with fellow participants and poster presenters via direct messages within the conference platform,” he said.

Registered participants will have exclusive access to watch the presentations and panel sessions within all the program streams for three weeks post-event, eliminating the need to choose between concurrent sessions on the day.

Registration is now open at $100 for the full day online event.

To view the program for NMS 2020 or to register go to www.nps.org.au/nms2020


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Stephanie Childs, NPS MedicineWise Communications and PR Manager: 0419 618 365 or [email protected]