Federal Minister for Health confirmed for APP2021

The Hon Greg Hunt MP

In an announcement that highlights community pharmacy’s significance in national health policy, the Pharmacy Guild of Australia has confirmed that the Federal Minister for Health and Aged Care, The Hon Greg Hunt MP, is scheduled to address delegates at APP2021.

Minister Hunt is expected to address delegates during the APP2021 Opening Plenary on Thursday 20 May 2021.

The session will also highlight the achievements and challenges faced by the Guild and the industry in the last 12 months and showcase several awards of excellence including the Pharmacy of the Year, Intern of the Year and Pharmacy Assistant of the Year.

“Everyone knows that Minister Hunt is the busiest Minister in the Federal Cabinet at the moment, leading the Australian Government’s Covid-19 vaccination roll-out, [so] we are thrilled that he has committed to attending APP in person on the Gold Coast,” says APP2021 Conference Convenor, Kos Sclavos AM.

“We look forward to hearing the Minister’s key messages to the pharmacy profession.”

The announcement comes at a key time for community pharmacy, with the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine.

“PBS approved community pharmacies are currently completing an expression of interest process to become Covid-19 vaccination sites in Phase 2A of the Australian Government’s Covid-19 Vaccine Strategy later this year,” says Mr. Sclavos.

Mr Sclavos adds that he and other Guild officials are looking forward to welcoming Minster Hunt to APP2021 and to showing their gratitude to the Minister for his ongoing support of community pharmacy.

“Personally, I hope my pharmacy colleagues will take the time at APP to thank the Minister for the confidence he has shown in community pharmacy with relation to the key role we will play in Covid-19 vaccinations.”

To view the APP2021 program, registration details, Covid-Safe event information and details on the $50B Business Events Grant Program, visit: appconference.com.

According to the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, delegates who register by Monday 22 February 2021 can save more than $200 by booking at the Super Early Bird rate.