Medicines Australia congratulates Pharmbiz on PM’s award

Medicines Australia chief executive Ian Chalmers today congratulated the team behind the Department of Health and Ageing’s PharmBiz program, which has won a silver award in the Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management.

The Award was presented at a ceremony in Canberra last night.

PharmBiz is the legacy of a review of the post-Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee process, undertaken jointly by the Department and Medicines Australia in 2005 and 2006.

The review resulted in 26 recommendations to develop a more effective, efficient and transparent Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme listing process. Those recommendations have now been implemented through PharmBiz.

Among its significant achievements to date, PharmBiz has developed an online Schedule for the PBS which is automatically updated every month.

Mr Chalmers said the award demonstrated the high regard in which PharmBiz is held.

“I’m delighted that PharmBiz has been recognised by the Prime Minister through this award,” Mr Chalmers said.

“I congratulate the Health Department team, led by Judith Forster and then Rowena Sierant, who have been involved in this important project.

“This is a richly deserved accolade, reflecting the productive, collaborative partnership between Medicines Australia and the Department of Health and Ageing”.

The Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management were established in 2002 to provide the pinnacle of recognition for outstanding public sector work groups, units and teams across all levels of public administration in Australia.

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