FAQ's

FAQ's

APP is The Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s annual national conference and the largest pharmacy conference and trade show in Australia. APP offers attendees a comprehensive four-day educational program, exciting social activities and a trade exhibition showcasing the latest products, services and industry information.

Sunday 22 March

9:30am – 5:00pm

Saturday 21 March

Friday 20 March

9:30am – 5:00pm

8:30am – 6:00pm (Foyer stands open)
5:30pm – 8:30pm (Main exhibition hall open & Welcome Reception)

Thursday 19 March

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TRADE EXHIBITION DATES

The conference and trade exhibition will be held at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre (GCCEC).
2684-2690 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach QLD 4218.  Conference sessions and the trade exhibition are held from Thursday 7 March until Sunday 10 March 2019.  Please visit the Program page for session information and times.

Please see below for the Trade Exhibition opening times.

9.30am – 12:30pm

There will be over 400 trade stands showcasing the latest industry products and services.

Please visit the Exhibitor Listing page, which is regularly updated as new trade exhibition bookings are received.

Admission to conference sessions is restricted to professional persons working within the pharmacy industry. If you wish to bring a guest or your family (including children) to view the trade exhibition they will need to be admitted as a visitor and will be required to wear a visitor name badge, which can be collected from the Registration Desk onsite.

Yes, extra tickets to both the Welcome Reception and the APP Street Party can be purchased online with your registration. Additional Welcome Reception tickets can be purchased for $85 each and additional Street Party tickets for $110 each (the Street Party ticket price has been reduced to make it more affordable for partners and guests to attend with delegates).

Yes. Most conference sessions will be eligible for CPD points. A CPD Accreditation & Credits Summary will be provided prior to the conference which will outline how many credits have been allocated to each session. If you wish to record your CPD credits using myCPD, you can register for a myCPD account at www.mycpd.org.au.

The CPE Allowance provides financial support to assist pharmacists from rural and remote areas to access CPD and Professional Development activities. Click here for more information and find out if you are eligible. The Rural Intern Training Allowance (RITA) provides financial support to assist intern pharmacists from rural and remote areas to attend compulsory intern training program activities. Click here for more information and find out if you are eligible.

REGISTRATION

Online Registrations will be accepted until 11am Wednesday 18 March 2020. After this time, registrations will be available onsite at the Gold Coast Convention Centre.

Yes, onsite registrations will be accepted, but these will attract a $50 late fee.

A confirmation of registration and tax invoice will be issued to your email address on submission of registration. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please check your ‘junk’ or ‘spam’ folders and check that the email address you provided when registering is correct. If a confirmation has not been received please contact the Events Division of The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch on 07 3831 3788 or email events@qldguild.org.au.

Yes. You can contact the Events Division of The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch on 07 3831 3788 or email events@qldguild.org.au to check if your registration has been submitted successfully.

This depends on individual circumstances. Please contact your tax professional to discuss this.

No, your name badge and function tickets will be available for collection from the Registration Desk onsite on arrival at the conference.

All cancellations and requests for registration refunds must be made in writing to events@qldguild.org.au. Cancellations made before 1 February 2020 will receive a refund less a $100.00 per person administration fee. Refunds will NOT be processed for cancellations after 1 February 2020, however substitute delegates will be accepted as long as we are notified by email by midnight Tuesday 17 March 2020. No refunds will be issued until after the conference. No refunds will be given for non-attendance at the conference. Accommodation and airline cancellations are at the discretion of the individual organisations concerned.

ACCOMMODATION AND TRAVEL

Yes. Special hotel rates are available for visitors and exhibitors. Please visit our Accommodation page for more information.

Gold Coast (Coolangatta) Airport services the Gold Coast with regular direct flights from most capital cities. The airport is a 30-minute drive south of the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre and Broadbeach accommodation. Alternatively Brisbane Airport is a 90-minute drive to Broadbeach.

The following airlines service Gold Coast and Brisbane Airports:

For delegates requiring airport transfers, a wide range of coach, bus, taxi and hire car services are available from both Gold Coast/Coolangatta and Brisbane airports.

From Gold Coast Airport - for details of transfers from Gold Coast Airport click here.
From Brisbane Airport - for details of transfers from Brisbane Airport click here.

All APP accommodation venues are in walking distance from the GCCEC. A shuttle service from all accommodation venues will be offered to and from the APP Street Party on Saturday 21 March 2020 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm and then from 10:00pm – 12:30am.

For a list of Gold Coast activities, tours and entertainment to enjoy before or after the conference, take a look at the Visit Gold Coast website.

Car parking is available for delegates at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre at a cost of $12.00 per day. The entrance to the car park is off the Gold Coast Highway.

GENERAL

The Gold Coast’s climate is sub-tropical with 287 days of sunshine annually. The temperature in March ranges from 19°C to 24°C.

No. If you require babysitting services please arrange this with your hotel concierge.

A small cloakroom is available onsite. Delegates requiring storage of luggage after checkout should contact their respective hotel concierges.

Yes, there is free wi-fi available throughout the centre.

Conference sessions – smart casual
Welcome Reception – smart casual or business
APP Street Party – cocktail

Yes. Local buses, taxis and a light rail (tram) operate regular services to all major attractions, hotels and shopping centres on the Gold Coast, including GCCEC.


Buses

Surfside Buslines service the Gold Coast 24 hours a day at four to five minute intervals during peak periods. Surfside also transports visitors to all Gold Coast theme parks.
Ph: 07 5571 6555
Web: surfside.com.au

 

Taxis

Gold Coast Cabs service the Gold Coast.
Ph: 131 008
Web: gccabs.com.au

 

G:link Light Rail

The Gold Coast light rail system is a 13 kilometre corridor connecting Griffith University to Broadbeach, passing through the key activity centres of Southport and Surfers Paradise. For timetables and fares visit translink.com.au or ridetheg.com.au.

The organiser of the event is The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch. Please contact the organiser by emailing events@qldguild.org.au or by calling 07 3831 3788.

The Pharmacy Guild is dedicated to continually improve its’ environmental impact and strives to demonstrate leadership in the area of event sustainability. 

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Important information: APP Postponed

MEDIA RELEASE
Friday 13 March 2020


APP2020 Postponed
Organisers of the Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference (APP) today announced that the 2020 event, scheduled to commence on Wednesday 18 March, will be postponed.

APP Chairman Kos Sclavos AM said the difficult decision was made based on a number of health and safety concerns. With over 6000 people due at APP, our number one priority is the health and safety of our community pharmacy workforce given they continue to be on the front line of the Nation’s response to Coronavirus.

“The ongoing disruption caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in global company travel restriction policies which are impacting upon speakers and the trade exhibition. In addition, the recently announced cases of Coronavirus on the Gold Coast, and the need to preserve the health and wellbeing of our frontline pharmacy workforce has resulted in the postponement of APP2020.

“The APP organising committee, The Pharmacy Guild of Australia and the Gold Coast Convention Centre have relied on expert health advice and information from state and federal health Departments and public health warnings. As recently as yesterday, the Committee received briefings from both the State and Commonwealth Governments and are acting in accordance with their general advice.

“APP has a large footprint, not only within the community pharmacy sector, but throughout the entire Gold Coast community. The health and safety of delegates, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, conference centre staff, suppliers and the general public is of the utmost importance for us.

“We understand the impact this decision will have on the community pharmacy sector and the local Gold Coast economy. After hosting the event for the last 30 years, it saddens us deeply to take this action.

“The encouragement and dedication of our sponsors and exhibitors has delivered a proud history of APP and we thank all our supporters for their vision, commitment and dedication to the community pharmacy sector,” Kos said.

Kos added that a reduced program, called APP Online, is currently being developed for registered delegates to view streamed content and recorded sessions, online.

“While we work to confirm new dates for APP, ‘APP Online’ will offer as many of the APP face-to-face sessions, in a digital format, as possible.

“This means that delegates will still be able to hear the latest industry, business and clinical updates and record the CPD credits that they would have gained at APP.

“I would like to take the opportunity to apologise for any inconvenience caused to delegates, speakers sponsors, conference staff and exhibitors and welcome everyone to participate in ‘APP Online’,” Kos said.

A full program for ‘APP Online’ will be made available soon via www.appconference.com.

Given the significant costs incurred in preparing the event and the costs incurred by delegates, sponsors and exhibitors a partial rebate will be put in place and communicated to delegates, sponsors and exhibitors as soon as possible. While no obligation exists, the partial rebates are a clear sign of good faith by The Guild in Queensland and the APP Committee. We value our relationships and ongoing support before financial considerations. Given that COVID-19 is a communicable disease, no insurance claim is possible for the event.

Following public health notices and Governmental advice, conferences scheduled for later in the year are being actively reviewed. Once again, we thank all our supporters and apologises for the inconvenience.


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Media enquiries: Caroline Wallace 0400 092 697