Medicines industry conference to address implications of an ageing Australia

Medicines Australia has released the program for the biannual Medicines Australia industry conference, to be held in Sydney on Wednesday 24 October 2012.

The theme of the conference is Living Longer, Living Well: The role of medicines for an ageing Australia.

The conference will be opened by Mark Butler MP, Minister for Mental Health and Ageing. The keynote address will be given by industry veteran Dr Richard Barker, Director of the Oxford Centre for Accelerating Medical Innovations and former chief executive of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry.

Other speakers include Medicines Australia chairman Mark Masterson and chief executive Dr Brendan Shaw, former Hawke Government minister Barry Cohen, Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee chair Dr Suzanne Hill, and chief executive of the Consumers Health Forum Carol Bennett.

Legendary editor, businesswoman and President of Alzheimer’s Australia Ita Buttrose will be the guest speaker at the conference dinner on Tuesday 23 October.

Dr Shaw said the conference would consider the medicines industry’s key role in contributing to the health and productivity of ageing.

“I strongly encourage anyone with an interest in medicines, healthcare or an ageing Australia to come along,” Dr Shaw said.

“I am excited about this conference. In the lead up to the next Intergenerational Report, this conference provides a unique opportunity to consider how medicines play a role in a healthy ageing of Australia’s population.

“This conference will allow us to listen to experts on the shifting demographic and healthcare landscape in Australia, and contribute ideas about how to maintain the quality of life and productivity of an ageing Australia.”


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