APP2022 Convenor Kos Sclavos AM today announced the 20 sessions he’s most looking forward to attending at the Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference & Trade Exhibition (APP), held in just over seven weeks on 24-27 March 2022 on the Gold Coast.

“Each year, I am asked as APP Chairman to provide my top session picks. As always, picking just 20 program highlights is a near-impossible task.”

With over 60 sessions now confirmed, APP2022 has something for everyone,” said Mr. Sclavos “however, there are 20 sessions, in particular, I don’t think anyone will want to miss.”

“The following are my top picks for the 2022 conference. There are many more fantastic sessions that just missed the top 20, so I urge you to explore the full program at and bookmark your session preferences based on your professional development needs and interests.”

Here are the APP Convenor’s top 20 must-attend sessions (in conference date and time order):

1) Opening Plenary and Pharmacy of The Year winners (Thursday AM)

This year’s APP is just days before the Federal Budget and weeks before the 2022 Federal Election. Stay tuned on who from the Government will present the Coalition’s election policies on pharmacy. We also have some surprises in store that we can’t announce just yet. You will also be inspired by the Pharmacy of the Year winners. A great way to kick off the conference program. 

2) The Hon Mark Butler MP, Shadow Minister for Health and Aged Care (Thursday AM)

With the upcoming federal election and his role as Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing, Mr Butler’s address will be one not to miss. In addition, we are fortunate to have Emma McBride MP, Shadow Assistant Minister for Mental Health and Shadow Assistant Minister for Carers speaking in this session. To see Emma, as a pharmacist, talking so passionately about our profession in federal parliament is inspiring.

3) Indigenous Wellness Forum (Thursday AM)

Cultural safety is a continuous journey of learning that can be complex and challenging. Still, at its heart, it is beneficial for community pharmacies that seek to embed cultural safety into their practice and for the people and the communities they serve. This session will give participants an introduction to cultural safety, awareness and understanding and provide the tools to take back to your community pharmacy and community.

4) Alan Russell Oration: Easy to do, Easy not to do - your choice! (Thursday PM)

Formerly a long-time practising pharmacist, Peter Thurin now inspires people. He sees everything in life as a choice between ‘easy to do’ and ‘easy not to do’. His simple philosophy of getting people to focus on what they CAN DO rather than what they can’t will be fascinating to hear. 

5) Can old fashioned pharmacy care be delivered to the digital patient? (Thursday PM)

It is my view that COVID-19 has accelerated the digitisation of health by ten years. It is here to stay, so we need to understand it and adapt - what better way to do this than to attend this session? With the rapid growth of digital pharmacy consumers, is it still possible to deliver the old-fashioned professional service and care for which pharmacists are famous? This question will be answered!

 6) Key elements to ensure the success of community pharmacy (Thursday PM)

It will be an honour for me to facilitate this Arrotex Session. Four industry leaders covering the diversity of pharmacy, from dispensary to front of pharmacy, will each be asked to address two key elements they believe need to be implemented to ensure community pharmacy remains viable in the medium term. Panel members will be announced closer to APP.  

7) Eight keys for avoiding burnout – how to bounce forward out of COVID-19 (Thursday PM)

Olly Bridge, health and wellbeing expert, will reveal simple and actionable daily ‘keys’ to help unlock your true potential, including the key drivers of strong mental, physical and emotional health. Olly will also cover post-traumatic growth and explore simple and actionable ways for you and your team to not just bounce back but bounce forward out of COVID-19.

8) Pharmacy performance – a snapshot of pharmacy operations (Thursday PM)

Join the Guild’s Philip Chindamo, Group Executive of Health Economics, who will examine the outcomes of the latest Guild Digest, a financial benchmarking tool for community pharmacy owners, managers and financial advisers. Don’t miss this key insight into the Pharmacy Guild’s annual snapshot of pharmacy operations in Australia.


9) Guild Member (Proprietor) Only Breakfast: Industry Update (Friday AM)

In this session, Guild Members will hear from the Guild National President, Trent Twomey, in a closed session for members. It is worth coming to APP for this key briefing alone!

10) The Panel: State of the Industry (Friday AM)

One of my favourite sessions, always. Hear from leaders of Consumer Healthcare Products Australia, Generic and Biosimilar Medicines Association, Medicines Australia, National Pharmaceutical Services Association, and The Pharmacy Guild of Australia.

11) Managing your pharmacy business through economic changes and challenges (Friday AM)

Join leading economist Stephen Koukoulas and TerryWhite Chemmart Executive General Manager Nick Munroe for an essential session on managing your pharmacy business through the economic changes and challenges of 2022 and beyond.

12) Changing times, emerging trends: a snapshot of Australia’s pharmaceutical industry, now and towards 2032 (Friday AM)

Mark McCrindle, the award-winning social researcher, is one of my favourite presenters. In this session, Mark will share the latest demographic data and new research commissioned by the Guild. Mark will also provide a snapshot of the pharmaceutical industry’s changes, trends, challenges, and opportunities.

13) Status report – Community Pharmacy Agreement Professional Programs (Friday AM)

As we approach the two-year mark of the 7CPA, it is time to review the pharmacy programs element of the agreement. The Guild will also present a perspective on pharmacy’s performance. Delegates should reflect on whether they have taken all opportunities presented in the Agreement. With three years remaining, it is not too late to refocus on the opportunities and implement relevant programs.

14) Mobilising a nation: COVID-19 vaccination program – the role of pharmacy & where to from here? (Friday PM)

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout was the largest vaccination drive in history. This session will provide a retrospective examination of the role of pharmacists, and the lessons learnt. An update on vaccine boosters will also be provided.

15) Now we need to get going - steps towards a full scope of pharmacy practice (Saturday AM)

For me, this is the number one must-attend APP session. Professor Ross Tsuyuki, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Alberta, Canada, will review the principles of a full scope of pharmacy practice and the evidence. The next steps that need to be considered will also be discussed, including removing self-induced barriers, workflow changes, training opportunities, and a fundamental shift from reactive to proactive care.

16) Why sustainability is the new digital (Saturday AM)

Australia has committed to net zero emissions by 2050. Consumers and investors are demanding significant change. Like the digital revolution before it, the sustainability revolution promises to change everything. Yet, just as with digital, many health companies are moving too slowly, taking an incremental approach to a challenge that demands a radical rethink. What does this mean for pharmacy?

17) Ann Dalton Address: Pushing the limits (Saturday AM)

Kurt Fearnley is best known for his career as a wheelchair racer. In addition to winning several gold medals in the Paralympic Games, he has also conquered the Kokoda Track, being the first person with a disability to do so. Kurt is an inspiration, demonstrating that no obstacle, ailment or disability can keep us from achieving our dreams as long as we keep on believing. Don’t miss Kurt’s inspirational story of determination, resilience and pushing the limits.

18) Pharmacy leases post-pandemic (Saturday PM)

No other issue can trip up a pharmacy business like rent! Join Phil Chapman, Director of Lease 1, who will reveal how you can achieve positive leasing outcomes to capture your pharmacy asset value. Setting up your lease for the post-COVID decade will also be discussed.

19) Front of pharmacy category performance – lessons from COVID-19 – planning the recovery (Saturday PM)

COVID lockdowns have changed consumer purchasing habits, which has impacted central pharmacy departments. Given pharmacy rental commitments and the need to recover lost gross profit margin, this panel of leading pharmacy executives will review recent performance and discuss strategies to enable a strong retail rebound.

20) Sunday Professional Stream (Sunday AM)

When planning your travel to APP2022, ensure to factor in this Sunday stream, which finishes at 12.30 pm. The sessions, which are highly recommended for managers and owners, will delve into topics including the scope of practice, pharmacy trends and message delivery in a COVD-19 context at a deeper level.

Mr. Sclavos concluded by reminding those considering attending that the 100% Refund Guarantee, introduced for APP2021, would continue to be offered at this year’s event.

“If attendees are not able to travel to APP2022 due to COVID-19 restrictions, they will be entitled to receive a full refund,” said Mr. Sclavos.

Kos Sclavos AM reveals APP2022’s top 20 “must attend” sessions














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