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Pharmacy in Aged Care Forum

12 June 2024 | Crown Promenade Melbourne

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New for 2024 – The Pharmacy in Aged Care Forum

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety identified medication management and safety in residential aged care homes as an essential area for improvement.

In response, we’re delighted to bring this multidisciplinary forum focused on improving medication management in aged care to Melbourne in 2024. Running concurrently with the 1st day of the National Dementia Conference at the Crown Promenade in Melbourne, this forum will provide an opportunity for discussion, sharing of best practice and networking between stakeholders.

Some of the themes to be explored will be around improving processes and systems to ensure medication management, using quality indicators, maximising the role of medication advisory committees, medication reviews, new guidelines and addressing challenges in transitions of care.

Who attends?

Join your industry peers and connect with Residential Aged Care Leaders, Nurses and Staff, Community Pharmacists, GPs and Other Prescribers, Allied Health, Federal & State Governments, Research Institutes, and Consumers.

Topics to be Addressed Include:

  • Understanding the funding – what does it and what doesn’t it provide funding for
  • What are the goals of having an onsite pharmacist?
  • Using quality indicators
  • Maximizing the role of medication advisory committees
  • Medication reviews
  • New guidelines e.g., new psychotropic guidelines
  • Case studies of aged care homes with aged care pharmacists – what are the experiences, what have they achieved, what are the benefits and how did they implement it?
  • Challenges with the supply of medicines to RACF
  • The role of the on-site pharmacist – what could, and should it be?
  • Perspectives of community pharmacies
  • Perspectives of residential aged care on pharmacy in aged care
  • Case studies- how can it work well? Risks? Accreditations and ROI?
  • Improving medication safety and use in RACF
  • Integration of on-site pharmacists with healthcare team e.g., GPs, nurses and community pharmacy

The Pharmacy in Aged Care Forum is run concurrently with the 15th Annual National Dementia Conference on 12th June 2024.



Dr Janet Sluggett

Associate Professor in Pharmacy and Pharmacoepidemiology, University of South Australia, Non-Executive Director, Southern Cross Care SA, NT & VIC

Deborah Hawthorne

Clinical Pharmacist, Beyond Pain, Adjunct Senior Lecturer University, Western Australia, and Consultant Pharmacist of the Year 2023

David Laffan

Assistant Secretary, Pharmacy Branch, Department of Health and Aged Care

Jo McMahon

Embedded Pharmacist, Illawarra Retirement Trust

Dina Farag

Clinical Pharmacist & Education Lead, Meditrax

Dee-Anne Hull

Quality & Clinical Pharmacist, Southern Cross Care SA, NT & VIC

Sharon Berridge

Care Manager, Tanunda Lutheran Home

Professor Simon Bell

Director, Centre for Medicine Use and Safety, Monash University

Dr Amanda Cross

Pharmacist & NHMRC Research Fellow, Monash University

A/Professor Juanita Breen

Consultant Pharmacist, Aged Care Quality Safety Commission (ACQSC), Affiliate Associate Professor, Wicking Dementia Centre, College of Health and Medicine, University of Tasmania

Matt Kowald

General Manager, Residential Care Services, Barossa Village

Helen Stone

State and Territory Manager (SA&NT), PSA

A/Professor Sam Kosari

The University of Canberra

A/Professor Rohan Elliott

Senior Pharmacist, Austin Health, Adjunct Associate Professor, Centre for Medicine Use and Safety, Monash University

Travis Schiller

Pharmacist, Barossa Pharmacy

Jerry Yik

Head of Policy and Advocacy, SHPA

Dr Simon Grof

Chief Medical Officer, Jewish Care Victoria, Consultant Geriatrician, Eastern Health

Kirolos Wasef

Geriatric Pharmacist, Goodwin Aged Care, Goodwin Aged Care




Full Price
Pharmacy in Aged Care Forum $1,295
Pharmacy in Aged Care Forum – virtual attendance $1,195
Pre-Conference Workshop $495
Streamly (12 month subscription) $150

Booking onto the Pharmacy in Aged Care pass will gain access to Day 1 of the Forum.
Booking onto the National Dementia Conference will gain access to both Day 1 + Day 2 of the Forum & Conference.


National Dementia Conference

Running for the 15th year, the National Dementia Conference 2024 will continue to bring together many leading experts to discuss best-practice strategies and initiatives for improving quality person-centered care for people living with dementia.

We’re thrilled to co-locate the first day of the National Dementia Conference (12th June 2024) with the Pharmacy in Aged Care Forum (12th June 2024).


  • Latest Emerging Trends in Dementia Research
  • Dementia Diagnosis and Early Intervention Strategies
  • Innovations in Dementia Care and Support
  • Person-Centered Approaches in Dementia Care
  • Building Dementia-Friendly Communities
  • Assistive Devices and Digital Solutions
  • Dementia Caregiver Support and Resilience
  • Pharmacological and Non-Pharmacological Interventions in Dementia

View national dementia website

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

New for 2024, is the PHARMACY IN AGED CARE FORUM which is colocated with the National Dementia Confernece. Don’t miss this opporutnity to network with these interlapping audiences! Are you interested in learning more?

There are many opportunities for networking including social events such networking function, refreshment breaks and lunches, making this not just a conference… but an all encompassing industry “experience”. Don’t miss you opportunity to stand out!

Event sponsorship or exhibiting will allow your organisation to:

  • Build relationships with potential and existing clients
  • Generate leads from a high-level, targeted audience
  • Close sales in a more personal manner than via phone
  • Demonstrate your product in person
  • Network with the industry
  • Build brand awareness

To see what is on offer please contact:

Danielle Newman
Senior Business Development Manager
T: +61 (2) 9080 4318


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when & where

12 Jun 2024

Crown Promenade Melbourne
8 Whiteman Street
(Queensbridge St end of Crown Complex)
(03) 9292 8888

We have secured a special accommodation rate from $255* per room per night, room only, for conference attendees at the Crown Promenade for the nights of the 11-12 June 2024 inclusive.

To book this rate, click here.

* Room availability and rates are subject to availability and valid until 7 days prior to the event, unless sold out prior.
Book early to avoid disappointment.


Still have a question?

General Information & Registration
Customer Service
+61 2 9080 4307

Speaking Enquiries
Katrina Bowns
Senior Conference Producer
+61 2 9080 4322

Sponsorship & Exhibition Enquiries
Danielle Newman
+61 2 9080 4318

Marketing & Media Enquiries
Libbie Sinclair

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