8 November 2023

10:00 am – 4:30 pm AEDT
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Join us for the
National Medicines Symposium

The future of medicines: good for people, good for the planet

The National Medicines Symposium is an annual, cross-disciplinary event bringing together leading organisations, experts, clinicians, consumers and policymakers to discuss and debate key issues around quality use of medicines.

Event Description

In Australia, health care contributes close to 7% of our nation’s greenhouse gases, with medicines being one of the largest contributors. Pharmaceutical waste throughout the global supply chain can lead to environmental, human, and animal toxicities, and in the case of antibiotic residues, to antimicrobial resistance.

Delivering environmentally sustainable and adaptable health services is critical for all sectors and an important national priority. Incorporating sustainable practices in healthcare settings, including the appropriate use of medicines can improve the safety and quality of care, improve the health of the community, reduce low value care, unwarranted variation and reduce waste.

Hosted for the first time by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, this virtual event will bring together leading organisations, experts, clinicians, consumers, and policymakers in a timely discussion on emerging and key issues around sustainability and the quality use of medicines.

About the Program

The overarching theme of the symposium is “The future of medicines: good for people, good for the planet”.

The symposium will feature healthcare leaders and champions of sustainability from overseas and Australia sharing ideas, innovations, challenges, and solutions for medicine sustainability and appropriate care. The symposium will have a strong focus on highlighting innovative ideas and initiatives that could be incorporated to improve appropriate use of medicines.

Key highlights

  • Hear from experts, healthcare professionals, policymakers and thought leaders from around the world on how appropriate use of medicines can contribute to a sustainable healthcare system
  • Gain insights into the significant impact of pharmaceutical waste and the role of medicines in contributing to greenhouse gases
  • Explore innovative practices, initiatives, and success stories driving positive change in sustainable and quality use of medicines
  • Join the conversation on fostering a culture of sustainability within health care, ensuring quality patient care while reducing waste

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care acknowledges the Traditional Owners, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation on whose land the Commission’s office is located, and the lands across Australia where those we partner with work. The Commission pays our deep respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present and emerging.

Sea urchin design: Ms Tanya Taylor is a Worimi artist (mid-north coast of New South Wales) who is drawn to the underwater world through a deep connection with her saltwater heritage. Tanya’s design is inspired by the patterns found in the sea urchins, corals and sea creatures found in the ocean.

Privacy Policy

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care is concerned with the protection of your privacy. We support the privacy principles contained in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), as amended. We will collect and store your personal information for the purposes of managing the National Medicines Symposium only. Your data may be used to provide you with National Medicines Symposium updates in the form of email communications and/or other types of communication.

Email NMS@safetyandquality.gov.au if you prefer not to receive communications from us.

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