Kos Sclavos AM, APP Convenor and former Guild National President, highlighted that APP2021 attendees would have the opportunity to hear from economists and experts in the field of cyber technology at this year's conference. The two sessions featuring experts in cyber technology and the direction of pharmacy in the new economy will be taking place Friday morning, 21 May.


APP is Australia's largest pharmacy conference and trade show and takes place at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on 20-23 May 2021. It offers attendees a four-day educational program, exciting social activities and a trade exhibition showcasing the latest products, services and industry information.


The first of the two sessions, entitled 'Responding to imminent cyber-attack”, will feature Adam Smallhorn, Cyber Security Outreach, Commonwealth Bank and Andrew McManus, General Manager for Managed Services, Fred IT Group.


'I'm very much looking forward to the opportunity of being able to meet face-to-face again,' said Mr Sclavos.


'The session on cybersecurity will seek to answer questions that are very important to the future of community pharmacy. Questions like, are our teams prepared for an imminent cyber-attack? Or what roles would pharmacists play in the event of a damaging data breach?”


'Perhaps most importantly, this session will also explore what we can be doing now to avoid the worst-case scenario and will explore the simple steps we can follow to increase our cybersecurity and minimise the chance of a cyber-attack within our pharmacies'.


Following this, attendees will get the chance to hear from Economist, Stephen Koukoulas, and TerryWhite Chemmart CEO, Duncan Phillips, in a session called 'Economics and your pharmacy'.


Mr. Sclavos said the speakers' expertise at this session presented incredible insight into the economic conditions facing community pharmacies.


'In this one session, we get the chance to hear from a world-class economist and a fantastic leader in our industry,' said Mr. Sclavos, 'I'm looking forward to the insights both Duncan and Stephen will bring regarding the future of the economy and community pharmacy.'


Mr. Sclavos also said the organisers had moved to ensure attendees to APP could purchase their tickets to with certainty.


“We’ve also acted to give people certainty around any disruptions to plans that may come out of COVID-19.


We’ve done this by making changes to ensure if attendees can’t travel due to COVID-19, they’re able to get full refunds,” Mr. Sclavos said, “attendees and delegates can make their arrangements with certainty that they will not be out of pocket”.


“We’re excited to see you next week. I’d hate for any attendees to miss out the fantastic program, sold-out trade and networking opportunities. If you haven’t already, view the APP program and book your APP2021 registration at www.appconference.com.”



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