Consumers’ front and centre in Australia’s health future: 2013 ASMI Conference

09 August 2013

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9 August 2013 - Key industry figures, analysts and commentators from Australia and abroad will join hundreds of delegates from the consumer healthcare industry on Thursday 14 November for a dynamic, robust discussion on the role of self care in a consumer-centred healthcare future at the 2013 Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) Conference.

With Virginia Trioli, one of Australia's best-known journalists, as the Master of Ceremonies and a host of highly regarded speakers and panellists, the one-day conference is set to deliver innovative insights on the modern day health-driven consumer.

According to ASMI Marketing & Business Development Director, Ms Filomena Maiese:
"With increasing pressure on health budgets, the rising burden of chronic diseases and an ageing population, the case for greater self care is gathering force. Equipping consumers to be more active, engaged and accountable for their health will be an important new dimension in delivering better individual health outcomes and creating a more efficient health care system.

"For self care to truly become a sustainable solution to our nation's healthcare system, a greater understanding of health consumerism is needed. The 2013 ASMI Conference will deliver just that. Drawing on the latest Australian research, the conference will provide a current and comprehensive overview of consumers' attitudes and behaviour towards their own health, interactions with healthcare professionals and their expectations of health care.

"Through a range of plenary sessions, Q&A and panel discussions, critical insights will be uncovered in terms of how industry and healthcare professionals will need to respond to evolving consumer needs, preferences and decision-making processes, while harnessing the power of active health consumers."

Under the theme 'Self Care - Driving a consumer-centred healthcare future' topics to be explored and debated include Australian healthcare - the unsustainable model and the need for change; an overview of the Australian healthcare consumer; complementary medicines and the consumer; and designing a regulatory framework for the 21st century consumer.
Confirmed speakers and panellists include:

  • Nathan Taylor, Chief economist at Committee for Economic Development of Australia
  • Professor Scott Koslow, Professor of Marketing, Macquarie University
  • Dr John Skerritt, National Manager, Therapeutic Goods Administration
  • Michael Smith, Consultant and Senior Fellow, Samueli Institute
  • Dr Lesley Braun, Senior Research Fellow, Monash University
  • Karen Carey, Chair, Consumers Health Forum
  • Dr Lily Tomas, President, Australasian Integrative Medicine Association

To register for the conference and for more information, please visit

Regular conference updates will be included on Twitter #ASMIconf.

The ASMI Annual General Meeting will precede the conference at 7.30 am. The conference will be followed with the 2013 ASMI Diamond Awards Dinner at 7.00 pm.
Media contact: Michelle Sollitt-Davis - ASMI PR Manager
Ph: 02 9923 9410 | M: 0422 084 951 | Email:

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.