Prestigious event at Parliament House will ‘make room for the patient view’

18 June 2021: Respected journalist and broadcaster, Tracey Spicer will MC an event in Parliament House next week titled ‘Room for the Patient View’. Next Wednesday 23 June, 4:00 – 8:00pm, politicians, patient advocacy groups and representatives from the health industry will gather in Canberra to discuss opportunities and barriers in Australia’s health system.

COVID-19 has highlighted some of the brilliant strengths of Australia’s healthcare system and sparked many conversations about accessing medicines and vaccines. Attendees will hear about how we can build on this momentum and strengthen gaps that have become evident during the pandemic. 

Attendees will hear from patients, an expert panel as well as from the Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, and Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing, the Hon Mark Butler MP.

Many of those at the event have been impacted by disease, including Tracey, who has spoken about her personal connection and experience with cancer and illness in her immediate and extended family.

‘Room for the Patient View’ is a PharmAus event, hosted by Medicines Australia is the peak body for the research-based pharmaceutical industry.

The event is timely, and will address topics that are currently being considered by the House of Representatives Inquiry that impact all Australians, such as:

  • How we can minimise the time Australians spend waiting for new drugs and novel medical technologies in Australia.
  • How we can empower patients to be part of the decision-making process for their treatment.
  • Next steps to improve Australia’s healthcare system.

Media who wish to attend the event can contact Virtual and in-person attendance may be available, depending on venue capacity.


Tracey Spicer AM BBus (Comm) GAICD is a multiple Walkley Award winning author, journalist and broadcaster who has anchored national programs for ABC TV and radio, Network Ten and Sky News. Tracey also has a personal connection and experience with disease in her immediate and extended family.

For further information or an opportunity to interview Medicines Australia CEO, Liz de Somer, please contact: Chrystianna Moran – 0424 995 118 /