Medicines Australia
Update for HCOs

10 December 2020 


Dear Health Consumer Organisation Leads,

The end of the year is rapidly approaching, and Medicines Australia isn’t slowing down.  This fortnightly edition we share the new Medicines Australia website; encourage you to complete the CCC consumer survey on healthcare; and provide a snapshot of the latest COVID-19 vaccine candidates.


Industry Update for the Community

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 - The U.K. delivers Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to the general public. More here.

 - WHO: Draft landscape of COVID-19 candidate vaccines.

 - The Navigating COVID-19 & Beyond program funded by Medicines Australia and its members has finished for the year but you can find all the webinars and resources here.  We will be conducting another survey in January to find out the areas for which you would like support in 2021. 

 - We have listened to you and updated and refreshed the community section on the Medicines Australia website. It is now more user friendly and includes many useful resources and tools specifically for patient groups.

 - The Continuity of Care Collaboration is seeking your help! We need as many Australians as possible to complete this short 5-min survey on healthcare. All responses are #dontwaitmateand complete now!

 - If you missed the last CCC webinar for 2020 on ‘The future of healthcare’, you can view the webinar recording here.

 - Medicines Australia Annual report highlights.

 - The Iron Deficiency Collaborative has launched its draft recommendations on optimising the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of iron deficiency in Australia. The recommendations fall into 4 themes - economic impact and linking data to drive patient outcomes; optimising pathology and testing outcomes; understanding existing guidelines and gaps; and supporting better outcomes through education and health literacy. Consultation closes 19 February 2020. Report can be found here.

 - NPS MedicineWise: Mild asthma: practical considerations and a new treatment option.


Development in the Healthcare Sector 

 - Ms Jane Halton AO PSM, joins Australia's peak body for Generic and Biosimilar Medicines Association (GBMA) as its inaugural Independent Chair. More information here.

 - COVID-19 vaccine to help us win the race - by Acting Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly.

 - A stronger COVIDSafe App for Australians: The COVIDSafe App will incorporate a new Bluetooth protocol that will offer unparalleled app-level Bluetooth performance and contribute to better identification of potential close contacts. The update will improve our contact tracing capability, integrated with state and territory health authorities.

HCOs Update 

 - Jean Hailes National Women’s Health Survey results show one in three women reporting symptoms of anxiety, one in four experiencing some form of intimate partner violence, and almost three in five women not getting the support they needed after a miscarriage or stillbirth, the Federal Health Minister has described the findings of a Jean Hailes survey as “sobering and powerful”.

 - Decembeard & Decembhair is Bowel Cancer Australia’s annual hair-raising fundraiser, encouraging Aussies to get hairy to help beat bowel cancer.

 - The CHF Consumer Commission’s report, Making Health Better Together not only presents a valuable guide on lessons of the COVID-19 experience, it also points to a deeper shift in thinking on health and social policy in Australia.

 - Stroke Foundation commissioned Deloitte Access Economics to deliver the updated Economic Impact of stroke in Australia, to view full report click here.


 Tools, resources and webinars

 - Patient Voice Initiative (PVI) video on How to get started in research-tips for health consumer organisations. You can see all other PVI video resources on their YouTube channel.

 - Tracking social media conversations for your organisation - but what about tracking Dark Social? 84% of all sharing done online is now taking place on "invisible" channels, or what is now known as Dark Social - where users post links to content on private channels, such as Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. Register for free webinar here.

 - The 2020 Communities in Control conference full summary including speakers and resources here.

 - Advoc8: Engaging with Government in a Pandemic - there are still ways to navigate government relations through the crisis.


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