Welcome and introduction

The Asia Pacific Conference on National Medicines Policies (APCNMP) will take place at the Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, Australia from 26 to 29 May 2012. This conference is being held in collaboration with NPS: Better choices, Better health (Australia's independent quality use of medicines implementation body), the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, the University of Newcastle and the World Health Organization.

The conference will provide the opportunity for countries in the Asia Pacific region to come together and share their knowledge, skills and experiences as they have moved to implement the various elements of their National Medicines Policies. Plenary sessions will provide a platform for interactive workshops. The workshops will be supported by information on the posters prepared by conference participants. The workshops will include topics such as universal access to medicines, rational use of medicines, generic medicines policies, and ethical promotion of medicines.

Participants wishing to attend the conference should be actively involved in national medicines policies. This will include policy makers, those working in Government, health professionals, researchers and academics, representatives of consumers/civil society, non-government organisations (NGOs), the pharmaceutical industry and those involved in quality use of medicines activities.

The target audiences for this conference are those involved in medicines policy activities in the Asia Pacific Region. Registration will be limited to 300 participants and preference will be given to those who have submitted an abstract. The Organising Committee reserves the right to manage the registration process to ensure adequate country representation from the region.

The conference is scheduled to immediately follow the National Medicines Symposium (NMS), which will be held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre on 24 and 25 May. NMS provides the opportunity to network, debate and share expertise at the leading symposium on quality use of medicines in Australia. The theme for NMS 2012 is Building a medicinewise community. Further information can be found at www.nps.org.au/nms2012.

Further details about the Asia Pacific Conference on National Medicines Policies will be available on this website as the program develops.

We look forward to hosting this important event.


Professor Andrew McLachlan
Chair, Conference Organising Committee





Important Dates

Call for abstracts released November 2011
Expression of interest opens November 2011
Abstract submission deadline extended to 20 February 2012
Abstract notification to authors (for first round submissions) 15 February 2012
Early registration deadline 31 March 2012
Accommodation booking deadline 20 April 2012
Conference dates Saturday 26 - Tuesday 29 May 2012



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