Wednesday, 19 June 2019 - Thursday, 20 June 2019
The theme for the 2019 meeting is
Achieving better health outcomes from medicines: improving
priorities and monitoring progress.
It is well known that advances in
medicines have significantly improved life expectancy, quality of life and
delaying the onset of diseases. The challenges of delivering safe and
cost-effective medication, education to staff and patients and carers is
critical in ensuring patient safety in the hospital and community.
The Australian Institute of
Health and Welfare 2018 reported that nearly 3 billion dollars was spent on
medicines in public hospitals in 2015-16. However also acknowledged that there
is at present an incomplete picture of medicines dispensed in hospitals. The
Medications improvement group is now in its 5 th year and provides an
opportunity for hospital health executives and leaders to share how they
achieve best practice in relation the use of medications in Australian and New
The goals of
the group are to:
together a multi-disciplinary group of Pharmacists, Physicians, Nurses, Health
informatics and data analysts to identify “best practice” for safe and
effective medicines use in Australasian hospitals.
adverse hospital events and complications that are attributed to medications
“exemplar performers” in relation to medication safety practices
innovations in practices with an aim to improve patient and staff experience in
relation to the dispensing and management of medication.