Medicines Australia
Update for HCOs

5 November 2020 


Dear Health Consumer Organisation Leads,

Fortnightly summary: CSIRO report makes 20 recommendations to address threat of serious biosecurity events; Medicines Australia joins a new consortium ; Government launches new campaign ‘How’s Your Head Today?' and Medicines Australia searching for two consumer representatives to join Committee with NACCHO.


Industry Update for the Community

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- This year’s BioPharmaDispatch conference will be free for any HCO wanting to attend virtually, if you are interested please contact Paul Cross directly to get your free registration.

- There has been an overwhelming response to the House of Representatives Inquiry into approval processes for new drugs and novel medical technologies in Australia with 117 submissions lodged and more to be uploaded in the coming days. List of submissions can be found here.

- Medicines Australia joins new consortium to prepare for Australia’s regenerative medicine future including gene therapies, cell therapies (such as CAR-T) etc.

EOIs for the two consumer representatives for the Medicines Australia and NACCHO Committee to lead and support medicine related measures that improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and communities.


Developments in Healthcare Sector 

CSIRO: Australia needs a more innovative, coordinated and collaborative biosecurity system if it is to keep up with the threat from increasing biosecurity events, like COVID-19.

- The General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration (GPMHSC) has published revised versions of the GP Mental Health Treatment Plans as GPs face increasing mental health concerns from patients around the country.

- The Government’s new Mental health campaign ‘How’s Your Head Today?’ resources.

- Enabling Person-Centred Team-Based Care is a supplementary paper to AHHA's Healthy People, healthy systems blueprint for health reform. 


HCOs Update 

- Rare Cancers will launch their National Oncology Alliance Vision 20-30: Australian Cancer Futures Framework at their 2020 CanForum next week.  You can register for free here.

- Creaky Joints Australia is proud to launch the inaugural edition of A Patient’s Guide to Living with Axial Spondyloarthritis in Australia, based on the principles outlined in the CreakyJoints Australia Patient Charter.


 Tools and Resources

PARADIGM Patient Engagement Toolbox: co-created tools, recommendations and relevant background information to make patient engagement in medicines development easier for all.

- Communities in Control conference: part inspiration, part action plan on November 16-17, hundreds of your not-for-profit peers will take their virtual seats at this annual conference. Register here.

- Teamwork in Clinical Trials-Opportunities for New Ways of Working webinar on Wednesday 11November 2020, 11-12pm AEDT. Register here.

- Good Clinical Trials Practice (GCP), on Friday 20 November @ 9am-2pm AEDT. Register here.

- Giving Tuesday is an opportunity for not-for-profit organisations to expand into new networks- whether you're in need of time, money, goods or voices, come along to this webinar on Thursday, 5 November from 1 pm to 2 pm AEDT.  Register here.

- Patient Voice Initiative have developed more resources to help patients and patient groups better understand Patient Based Evidence.  To access these useful resources, sign up to their mailing list via

- NPS Medicines Wise National Medicines Symposium on 7 December ‘Rising to the medication safety challenge’. Register to attend virtually here.


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