Medicines Australia
Update for HCOs

21 October 2020 


Dear Health Consumer Organisation Leads,

A healthy community supports a strong economy: did you know that a one-year increase in the nation’s overall life expectancy = 4% rise in GDP.

Never before has the nation’s health and economic wealth been more closely linked. The health sector is playing a critical role in Australia’s recovery from COVID-19. Capturing the health delivery efficiencies, accelerated through COVID while continuing to support innovation in medical advances and medicines is critical for the health of the community and the strength of the economy.


Industry Update for the Community


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• Expressions of Interest for two consumer representatives to join the Medicines Australia and NACCHO Committee.  A recently formed Committee to lead and support medicine related measures that improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and communities. More information about these positions here.

• Presently, to the frustration of patients, carers and health practitioners, information on market authorisation approval of a prescription medicine only becomes publicly available with registration in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).  From January 2021, the TGA will publish a description of major innovator medicine applications that are under evaluation by the TGA. Information about the potential availability of new medicines, new uses for existing medicines and new combinations will be published on the TGA website - New transparency measures for prescription medicine.  

• Professor Michael Kidd video - discusses the risk of delaying health checks if you are experiencing new symptoms or delaying management of chronic disease concerns.

• If you missed the PwC Maximising Cash Generation webinar, you can watch the recording here.  This webinar provides guidance on how you can significantly increase cash by simply reallocating resources and effort into more impactful cash generation initiatives.  It’s about helping you to identify which initiatives are impactful and which ones are not!

• Extension for submissions to the House of Representatives Inquiry into approval processes for new drugs and novel medical technologies in Australia until Tuesday 3 November.  Australians should have the best access to medicines in the world, a new approach is needed to make our system fit for purpose.  Have your say on how Australia can continue to be well positioned to access new drugs and novel medical technologies, with particular focus on access to the treatment of rare diseases and conditions where there is high and unmet clinical need.  More information can be found here.


Developments in Healthcare Sector 

• Diagnostic testing for COVID-19 infection is a key element in the strategy for limiting spread.  Find out about the different COVID-19 tests: when they should be used and how to interpret results.


HCOs Update

This year has brought many unexpected moments and challenges to the community sector. Through this, we learned more than we ever have about the challenges not-for-profits face and the role digital technology will play moving into the future to solve these.

 Communiteer is a crowdsourcing platform that connects, engages and mobilises volunteers to tackle the world’s greatest challenges through virtual volunteering.

They’re collating their learnings into a series of free virtual events, starting with how your organisation can create powerful stories with The Content People.  They’re also running a weekly 1 hour ideas exchange session all about virtual volunteering!

 Learn how to make bigger strides in your mission by unlocking greater numbers of volunteers and building relationships with corporations. Move your social impact into the virtual world. You can register for these events and more by heading to their website.


 Tools and Resources

• ‘Making decentralised clinical trials business as usual’ free webinar on October 26 @ 10am-1130 AEDST. Register now.

• ‘Reconnected’ a free webinar on insights into how  you can best connect your community Monday 2 November 1-2pm. Register now.

• A robust privacy policy is an essential addition to any not-for-profit’s policy toolkit. Why? Because NFPs have a responsibility to treat people’s information carefully. Download your free Privacy Policy here.

• Enhancing Interpretation of Clinical Trials Outcomes-Are we listening to trial participants webinar recording?

• Pro-bono Australia: The five biggest mistakes when undertaking advocacy.

• Volunteering in Victoria thrives, but at what cost?


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