‘Transforming Pharmacy’ a key theme of ASMI 2014 Conference Gain CPD credit points at four sessions

30 October 2014

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30 October 2014 - The Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) today announced that four sessions at the ASMI 2014 Conference on 18 November 2014 have been accredited for CPD points and are suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist CPD plan.

Ms Filomena Maiese, ASMI Marketing and Business Development Director said: "The conference will explore the expanding role of pharmacy, as well as some of the major issues impacting pharmacy and the healthcare consumer. Accreditation of four sessions is an additional reason for healthcare professionals and pharmacy assistants to register, as is the special Healthcare Professional and Pharmacy Assistant rate of only $695."

The sessions attracting CPD points are:
Global retailing expert, Steve Sowerby, will share global best practice in healthcare retailing, spotlighting retailers who have successfully transformed their pharmacies into health destinations.

 Steve Mister, CEO of the Council for Responsible Nutrition in Washington, will outline research which supports the valuable role certain evidence-based vitamins and supplements can play in preventive health. Complementary medicines are the largest and fastest growing consumer healthcare products segment in Australia and overseas.

Dr Alison Roberts, of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, will present findings of the Health Destination Pharmacy Trial, teasing out learnings and implications for pharmacists as Australian pharmacy moves towards the new 'health destination' model.

Macquarie University Professor Scott Koslow, will reveal new research on the healthcare consumer and how their current and future behaviour can unlock savings to healthcare budgets and expand the role pharmacy plays in this mix.
"Other keynote speakers include consumer healthcare industry expert, Nicholas Hall, who will provide global insights and trends in consumer healthcare based on his 40 year international experience in the field, and one of the architects of self care in the UK, Ms Gopa Mitra MBE, who will share insights on how the UK has addressed self care to alleviate pressure on the UK's ailing healthcare system.
"An important aspect of self care is consumer access to medicines. ASMI will present a session on the down-scheduling of prescription medicines to over-the-counter medicines, and the need for regulatory reform to increase consumer access to medicines. The session will outline a new model of consumer communication for Schedule 3 medicines and propose the creation of a 'switch taskforce' to drive the switch agenda.

"Importantly, delegates will hear from the TGA's Dr Lisa Studdert, who will give an update on the status of regulatory reforms of importance to the consumer healthcare products industry, in particular, labelling, advertising and scheduling," Ms Maiese added.

About ASMI: The Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) is the peak body representing sponsors of non-prescription medicines - over-the-counter (OTC) and complementary medicines (CM). ASMI members make up 85 per cent of the $4bn Non-Prescription Medicines market. Membership totals 50 companies and ASMI members employ approximately 18,000 people with exports estimated at $1.2 billion annually. ASMI's mission is to advance consumer health through responsible self-care. This means driving a viable and responsible industry and empowering the consumer with evidence-based products and information with the aim of improving health and wellbeing. To find out more about ASMI or how to become an ASMI member, please visit (www.asmi.com.au).

For more information or to arrange a media interview, please contact:
Marie Kelly-Davies
PR Manager, Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI)
M:0408 256 381 E: marie@asmi.com.au