ASMI Conference brings global best practice in self care into sharp focus

14 July 2014

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14 July 2014 - Self Care: A Brighter and Healthier Future is the theme of the Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) annual conference this year. The ASMI Diamond Awards Dinner, the premier industry event for the year, will take place following the conference.
ASMI Executive Director Deon Schoombie said the conference will explore global insights and new evidence in the area of self care. "One of ASMI's key areas of focus over the last year has been building the evidence-base for self care. We have done this by commissioning several research projects in a range of areas that impact consumer access to medicines. The insights gained from some of this research will be presented at the conference.

"Multiple dimensions of self care will be explored by internationally recognised speakers from Australia and overseas. International speakers will look at global trends and future drivers in self care; research which demonstrates the health care cost savings resulting from self care in the US, and the management of self care in the UK. Global best practice in healthcare retailing will be put under the spotlight as will Australian consumer healthcare research.

"We will hear from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) about regulatory reform that will impact consumer access to medicines in Australia, and from the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia about how pharmacies are becoming health destinations.
"The speakers will bring global best practice in self care into sharp focus and demonstrate the importance of basing self care policies on a strong evidence base.

"The ASMI Diamond Awards Dinner, which honours manufacturers and suppliers of non-prescription medicines who excel in the marketing and sales of their products, will follow the conference. The Awards champion the highest standards of excellence in the non-prescription medicines industry," says Schoombie.
Confirmed speakers include:

  • Virginia Trioli: MC
  • Nicholas Hall: Global OTC Trends - Insights and Future Drivers
  • Professor Scott Koslow: An Overview of the Australian Healthcare Consumer
  • Steve Mister: Public Health Cost Savings from Preventative VMS
  • Dr Lisa Studdert: TGA Regulatory Reform Update
  • Gopa Mitra: Building a Self Care Alliance in Australia - Insights and Learnings from the UK Self Care Forum
  • Dr Alison Roberts: Australian Pharmacy 'Health Destination Pilot' Study - Results and Implications
  • Steve Sowerby: Global Best Practice in Healthcare Retailing - postcards from around the globe.


When: Tuesday 18 November 2014. Registration and coffee at 8.30 am

Where: Waterview Convention Centre, Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush, Sydney

Who: Delegates from all sectors of the non-prescription medicines industry are encouraged to attend

How: register online on the ASMI website

Contact: Claire Johnson, ASMI Member Events and Services Associate 02 9922 5111 |

The ASMI Annual General Meeting will precede the conference at 7.30 am. The conference will be followed by the 2014 ASMI Diamond Awards Dinner at 7.00 pm.

About ASMI: The Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) is the peak body representing sponsors of non-prescription medicines - over-the-counter (OTC) and complementary medicines. Its members make up 85 per cent of the $4bn self care market. Membership totals 60 companies and ASMI members employ approximately 18,000 people with exports estimated at $1.2 billion annually. ASMI's mission is to promote better health through responsible self care. This means ensuring that safe and effective self care products are readily available to all Australians at a reasonable cost. ASMI works to encourage responsible use by consumers and an increasing role for cost-effective self-medication products as part of the broad national health strategy.

For more information or to arrange a media interview, please contact:
Marie Kelly-Davies
PR Manager, Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI)
M:0408 256 381 E: