PharmAus23 - Partnering for Future Health

Wednesday 6 September 2023 – Parliament House Canberra

This year’s theme, Partnering for Future Health, offers a platform for industry leaders, patient groups, clinicians and parliamentarians to discuss policy reform to strengthen our PBS, improve patient access to new medicines and treatments, and keep pace with technology advances to underpin a 21st century healthcare system.

This one-day event will feature:

-Lively panel sessions with representatives from industry, patient groups, government and clinicians.
-An industry showcase of Australia’s leading pharmaceutical and biotech companies.
-An evening of networking with Parliamentarians.


12:00pm – 1:00pm | Registration, light lunch + industry showcase in the Great Hall

(please allow approx. 20 minutes to clear security when you enter Parliament House)

1:00pm | Welcome and Panels 1 + 2

3:15 pm (approx.) | Afternoon tea break + industry showcase

3:45 pm | Panel 3 and Fireside chat

5:00pm | Drinks and canapes commence

6:00pm – 8:00pm | Industry showcase and networking evening

For more information, please contact Theodore Seng, Communications & Events Officer via

Keynote Speakers

The showcase will include an address from the Minister for Health and Aged Care, Mark Butler MP, and Shadow Minister for Health and Aged Care, Senator Anne Ruston.

Master of Ceremonies

Virginia Haussegger AM

Virginia Haussegger AM is a distinguished communication specialist with over three-decade career in television journalism, broadcasting and hosting national and international forums, conferences, and roundtable discussions, spanning academia, public policy, and industry. She’s also a highly acclaimed gender advocate including being made a member of the Order of Australia and being named ACT Australian of the Year for community leadership and women’s rights advocacy. 

Session 1: (Re) Defining Future Healthcare

Australia is falling behind when it comes to access to new medicines and vaccines. Our out-of-date system is being challenged by new technologies and this session will discuss the bold reforms required to strengthen our PBS for Australian patients.

Session 2: Fostering Equitable Partnerships

Collaborative partnerships across healthcare are critical to achieving better patient outcomes. This panel will discuss the importance of including patients as equal partners when designing and improving the HTA system.

Session 3: Partnering with Government

Hear directly from our politicians about what they need from our industry and patient organisations to best advocate for their constituents and to contribute to policy conversations and proposals to support bold PBS reforms. The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated how effectively we can work together towards shared goals to protect and improve the health of Australians. This panel will discuss how can we continue this momentum to improve access to new medical technologies for Australians. 

Industry Showcase

This year’s exciting showcase features some of Australia leading pharmaceutical and biotech companies, offering the latest in innovation, research and diagnostics.