Health Minister to address PSA national conference

Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Hon. Mark Butler MP will again join pharmacists at the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s National Conference PSA24, providing the ministerial address on behalf of the Albanese Government.

​In what is a critical time for the pharmacy profession, the presence of Minister Butler underscores the important role of pharmacists in meeting the changing healthcare needs of Australians.

PSA24’s ‘Pathways to Progress’ will give pharmacists the opportunity to engage with industry leaders, policymakers, and colleagues from all corners of the country. With more than 40 education sessions and opportunities to hear from both the government and opposition, PSA24 is set to be the biggest national conference yet.

​PSA National President Associate Professor Fei Sim FPS said that the Minister’s address at the conference will provide further insights into PSA’s Strategic Agreement on Pharmacist Professional Practice announced earlier this week.

​”At this critical juncture for the pharmacy profession, the Minister’s presence recognises the irreplaceable role pharmacists play in quality and safe use of medicines, and in contributing to improved Australians’ access to healthcare,” Associate Professor Sim said.

​“The signing of the 8th Community Pharmacy Agreement and the PSA Strategic Agreement this week are a clear indication of the federal government’s belief in pharmacists and our fundamental role in Australia’s health system.

“This is an important opportunity for our profession to hear directly from the Minister about the government’s policy agenda and priorities for the next 12 months and beyond. We are thrilled to again welcome the Minister to PSA24 in Sydney this August.

​“I call on all pharmacists and pharmacy students to attend the PSA24 Conference in Sydney as we continue our advocacy to expand pharmacists’ roles, recognition and remuneration.

​The Assistant Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention and Assistant Minister Rural and Regional Health, the Hon. Emma McBride MP, and Shadow Minister for Health and Aged Care, Senator the Hon Anne Ruston are also set to appear at PSA24.

​PSA24 will be held at the new bigger venue of the International Convention and Exhibition Centre from Friday 2 August to Sunday 4 August 2024.

Registration for the PSA national conference is now open. For more information and to secure your spot, visit

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