Organisers of the Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference and Trade Exhibition (APP) are pleased to announce Shadow Minister for Health, the Hon. Chris Bowen MP will speak at the conference on Friday 20 March.

Conference Convenor Kos Sclavos said that the announcement of Mr Bowen highlights the significance of community pharmacy in national health policy.

“Many of us know the Hon. Chris Bowen MP from various positions both in government and opposition over the years.

“Now that he has assumed the health responsibility for the Labor Party, we are thrilled that he will be attending APP and presenting his position on community pharmacy,” Kos said.

The announcement comes at a key time for community pharmacy, with many States moving towards allowing pharmacists to practise to their full scope.

The National President of the Pharmacy Guild, George Tambassis, said Mr Bowen told the Guild’s Annual Parliamentary Dinner last year that Labor would support measures to improve the affordability of medicines while strengthening community pharmacy.

“We look forward to hearing Mr Bowen’s views on these important issues,” Mr Tambassis said.

The Hon. Chris Bowen will speak on Friday 20 March at 12:30- 12:45pm.

06 MAR 2020

Shadow Minister for Health, Chris Bowen MP confirmed for APP2020







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Important information: APP Postponed

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

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.