With the Australian Government’s recent announcement that legislation and a technical framework are now in place for electronic prescriptions, and their vision that all community pharmacies are ‘ePrescription ready’ in the second half of 2020, it is vital for community pharmacies to be prepared.


The 2020 Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference and Trade Exhibition (APP2020) will enable community pharmacies to stay up-to-date with electronic prescriptions and ensure they are ready for implementation next year.


Electronic prescriptions will impact workflow, workload and how patients interact with their community pharmacy. Electronic prescriptions will be a key focus of APP2020, and will feature in the following conference program sessions:


What are ePrescriptions and what do they mean to me? Thursday 19 March, 2pm


This session will focus on two new models for ePrescriptions, demonstrate how they work and discuss the changing role of pharmacy in the medications supply process.


Electronic prescriptions – changes to patient engagement with the pharmacist and pharmacy workflow, Thursday 19 March, 2.45pm


Fred IT Group’s CEO, Paul Naismith will outline the most efficient and effective way community pharmacies in Australia should set up their systems to maximise the benefits of electronic prescriptions, based on reviewing health systems overseas. While a main benefit of electronic prescriptions is having access to a more complete electronic record, this change has a major impact on how pharmacists interact with patients and the workflow configurations in a pharmacy.


How electronic prescriptions will affect my pharmacy, Saturday 21 March, 3.30pm


The Australian Digital Health Agency, who have created the technical framework of electronic prescriptions in Australia, will update delegates on the rollout of electronic prescriptions nationally. The Agency’s Director of Medicines Safety, Andrew Matthews will run through how electronic prescriptions can be implemented in a pharmacy and how it changes the daily operations of a pharmacy.


2020 marks the 30th anniversary of Australia’s largest pharmacy conference and trade show. APP2020 will be held from 19-22 March 2020 at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre.


Download the program for more information on these sessions and take advantage of early bird savings by registering before 31 January 2020 at appconference.com.

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Important information: APP Postponed

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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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Important information: APP Online

With the postponement of APP2020 due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we are currently working on a revised program which will be livestreamed to delegates from Thursday to Saturday. Sessions will also be recorded and made available on the online session recordings for CPD purposes.

The revised program will be made available at lunchtime on Wednesday, 18 March.