ASMI encourages new Government to integrate self care into health policies

18 September 2013

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16 September 2013 - In congratulating the Coalition on election success, the Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) said today that it looks forward to continuing to engage with the new Government to ensure health policies focus on self care.

"ASMI looks forward to maintaining productive relationships with the newly appointed Minister for Health, the Hon Peter Dutton, Assistant Minister for Health, Senator Fiona Nash, as well as the Hon Ian Macfarlane, Minister for Industry," said ASMI President, Mark Sargent.

"Over the past few years, Mr Dutton and his staff have given a substantial amount of their time to ensure they are across key issues affecting our industry - from the current labelling and packaging review affecting over-the-counter products and complementary medicines, to supporting innovation of high quality medicines by establishing a period of data protection, commensurate with the degree of innovation and investment."

"ASMI believes supporting individuals to be more active and engaged in managing their own health is an important dimension to building a more sustainable Australian healthcare system in the future. Expanding self care will be a key driver to promote this shift in behaviour."

"We hope that under the new leadership, expansion of self care will be formally integrated into Australia's health policies."

"As a first step, ASMI advocates supporting the proposed Australian Self Care Alliance which will bring together existing stakeholders engaged in the delivery of healthcare, as an authoritative source of information on the issue of self care, and the way in which it can help people develop improved health literacy. This does not entail Government expenditure but a willingness to engage and to consider new ways of working as a precursor to driving reforms in this area."
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Media contact: Michelle Sollitt-Davis - ASMI PR Manager
Ph: 02 9923 9410 | M: 0422 084 951 | Email: michelle@asmi.com.au

About ASMI: The Australian Self-Medication Industry (ASMI) is the peak industry body for the Australian self care industry representing consumer healthcare products including over-the-counter medicines and complementary medicines. 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. www.asmi.com.au