Innovative medicines showcase will demonstrate the power of partnership at Parliament House next week

7 September 2022: The medicines industry, health experts, patients and government officials will gather in the Great Hall at Parliament House for the annual industry event ‘PharmAus22’, on Tuesday 13 September.

This year’s theme, ‘Partnering for Future Health’, highlights key lessons learned from the pandemic, including the importance of faster access to innovative medicines and vaccines.

From 6pm, an evening showcase will commence with an address from the Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Hon Mark Butler MP and Shadow Minister for Health, Senator the Hon Anne Ruston.

Following the Ministerial addresses, industry exhibitors – in partnership with patient groups – will be showcasing a variety of case studies for tackling diseases and new innovative medicines and technologies through interactive booths.

Innovations in the diseases of today – such as cancer, HIV and heart disease – cannot become diseases of the past without true partnership from Government, industry and the patient community. This showcase will demonstrate how collaborations are creating opportunities not only to tackle the problems of today, but to prepare for the health issues of tomorrow.

Up to 20 different exhibitors from across the health landscape will be available to answer questions and explain what innovations are on the horizon, including:   

  • the process of working together to create new vaccines
  • collaborating with patient groups and using tools to better predict diseases
  • learning from the patient experience and applying augmented reality to better understand disease challenges
  • how patient communities and industry have worked together on the latest in integrated disease awareness campaigns, and
  • health programs being developed with the expertise of government, health professionals and patient groups.

Earlier that day from 1pm, four different panels will feature patient groups, government officials and experts from across the health sector to discuss the opportunities we must now build on to create bold reform that improved health outcomes for all Australians.

Award-winning journalist, Virginia Haussegger AM, will MC the panel discussions and focus on the large health reform agenda the new Government now faces.

The full PharmAus22 agenda:

From 12pm

Arrivals, afternoon tea and registration

12:50 – 1:00pm

Formalities Commence: Opening from MC, Virginia Haussegger

1:00 – 2:00pm

Session 1: Defining Future Health 

  • Dr Susie Nilsson, CSIRO
  • Tamara Dawson, founder of Melanoma & Skin Cancer Advocacy Network (MSCAN)
  • Professor Andrew Wilson, Chair of Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC)
  • Dr Anna Lavelle, Chair of Medicines Australia

2:10 – 3:20pm

Session 2: the power of the patient voice 

  • Dr Dawn Casey, Deputy Chair of National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)
  • Richard Keane, CEO of Living Positive Victoria
  • Ann Single, Patient Voice Initiative (PVI)
  • Jo Watson, Deputy Chair of Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC)

3:30 – 4:30pm

Session 3: Partnering with Government

  • Jerome Laxale MP, Member for Bennelong 
  • The Hon Dr David Gillespie MP, Member for Lyne 
  • Dr Mike Freelander, Chair of the standing committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport and Member for Macarthur
  • Dr Gordon Reid MP, Member for Robertson

4:30 – 5:00pm

Session 4: Outcomes and Next Steps

  • Virginia Haussegger AM, MC 
  • Elizabeth de Somer, CEO of Medicines Australia

6:00 – 8:00pm

Cocktail reception and Industry Showcase continues in Great Hall

Address from Minister Butler and Shadow Minister Ruston at 6:00 pm in Great Hall


For further information or media interviews, please contact:
Chrystianna Moran – 0424 995 118 /
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