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Medication Safety Improvement Group 19 & 20 June 2019


Wednesday, 19 June 2019 - Thursday, 20 June 2019

Meeting Code

Rydges Southbank
9 Glenelg St
South Brisbane

Would you like more information?
Fiona Fitzgerald
[email protected]

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 Zealand hospitals.

The goals of the group are to

  • Bring 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.
  • Reduce adverse hospital events and complications that are attributed to medications
  • Identify “exemplar performers” in relation to medication safety practices
  • Share innovations in practices with an aim to improve patient and staff experience in relation to the dispensing and management of medication.

HRT1908 Medication Safety Improvement Group
Rydges Southbank, 9 Glenelg St, South Brisbane 

Day 1 – Wednesday 19th June 2019

8.00 – 8.30am

 Registration (Arrival Tea and Coffee)

8.30 – 9.00am

Welcome and Introductions

9.00 -10.00am

Whole brain thinking - exploring a framework which provides a lens for improved understanding and insight. 

10.00 – 10.30am

Morning Tea

10.30– 11.30am

Key Note Speaker – Prof Ian Scott consultant general physician and Director of Internal Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology at Princess Alexandra Hospital


Medication safety in the digital era – prospects and pitfalls


Data presentation – Medication Safety Health Roundtable Reports what do they tell us?

12.30 – 1.30pm


1.30 – 3.30pm

Innovation sharing and discussion

Rapid-fire pooling of Medication Safety improvement and innovation from across Australia and New Zealand.

3.30 – 4.00pm

Afternoon Tea

4.00 – 4.30pm

Recap of the day, loop back to aims from 2018 HRT


Day 1 close

4.30 – 5.30pm

Drinks and poster viewing


Group Dinner – TBC

Day 2 – Thursday 20th June 2018

8.30 – 9.00am           

Arrival Tea and Coffee

9.00 – 9.15am

Welcome and reflections from day one

9.15 – 10.30am

Context Map

·         Building a shared view

·         What are the biggest levers for improvement in medication safety

10.30- 11.00am

Morning Tea

11.00 – 12.30pm

Panel discussion – unique observations – where do we focus, what are the trends and emerging patterns.

·         Jerome Ng - Lead Advisor: Improvement, Research and Informatics Waitemata DHB

·         Dr Mathew Doogue Senior Medical officer at Canterbury District Health Board

·         James Grant – Pharmacy Lead for Digital Health, Clinical Excellence Queensland

·         Karen Davies – RBWH CNC Safe Medication Practice

·         Helen Dowling - eHealth and Medication Safety ASQCH

12:30 – 1.15pm


1.15 – 3.15pm

Group Collaboration

Focus on improving priorities in medication and monitoring progress

·         What is the story of last 2 days for your health service?

·         Ideas Marketplace

·         Adding to the narrative

3:15 – 3.30pm

Medication Safety – 2020


Meeting Ends

Accommodation & Flight Arrangements
Delegates are responsible for making their own accommodation and travel/flight arrangements.

Suggested Accommodation

Accommodation Contact Details Reference Code Discounts
Mantra South Bank Brisbane
161 Grey St, South Brisbane QLD 4101

+61 7 3305 2500
[email protected]
Morgan Suites Hotel Apartments
14 Merivale St, South Brisbane QLD 4101

+1300 657 041
[email protected]
Parkview Apartments
41-49 Russell St, South Brisbane QLD 4101

+61 7 3844 4433
[email protected]
Arena Apartments
9 Edmondstone St, South Brisbane QLD 4101

+61 7 3844 9985
[email protected]
Rydges South Bank
9 Glenelg St, South Brisbane QLD 4101

+61 7 3364 0800
[email protected]
1906HRTMED $219 per night

Rydges South Bank is offering $219 per night.
Delegates can make bookings by contacting the hotel reservations team directly on +61 7 3364 0800 or [email protected]

In order to receive the group rate, advise reservations you are attending the HRT Medication Safety event or quote the group code 1906HRTMED

This rate will end and unsold rooms released at 30 days prior to event date. This will be Friday 17th May.
Bookings after this time will be subject to availability.