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Pharmacy Connect a Success!

From the jam-packed education sessions featuring local and international speakers through to the buzzing trade exhibition and social events – Pharmacy Connect has been hailed as a success.

Conference Convenor Kos Sclavos said that over 700 pharmacists, pharmacy students, and industry representatives attended the three day event.

“Now in its second year, we’re thrilled to see the conference continue to grow and be embraced by the industry. Thank you to all of the delegates, sponsors, exhibitors and industry representatives for supporting this event,” Kos said.

‘Collaboration’ was a key theme for the conference program, with 12 international speakers highlighting key trends for the global community pharmacy sector. Representatives from the US, Canada, South Africa, the UK and Ireland discussed lessons for Australia to ensure community pharmacy remains a viable part of the healthcare system.

The Judy Liauw address on empowering women in community pharmacy included an all-female panel who spoke of women’s determination, balanced with the inherent ability to care and nurture. Female delegates were encouraged to be proud of these qualities and recognise how valuable they are, particularly for a successful career in pharmacy.

Conference delegates showed they are ready to plan and prepare for the future of community pharmacy, with standing room only in education sessions relating to codeine rescheduling and the King Review.

Friday night’s welcome reception kicked off the social activities, providing an opportunity for delegates to connect with colleagues, Guild officials, international speakers and industry representatives. Comedian James Smith had the audience in stitches at the Gala Dinner and delegates danced the night away to the live band.

Congratulations to students from the University of Tasmania, the winning team in the National Student Business Plan Competition. The team took home $5000 in prize money amongst other competition benefits and accolades.

Pharmacy Connect 2018 will be held from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 September at the Hilton Sydney. More information will be provided closer to the date.

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