Countdown Begins for the Landmark GS1 Global Healthcare Conference

With representatives from nearly 30 countries already confirmed, registrations are running hot for the 21st GS1 Global Healthcare Conference, to be held in Sydney from 20-22 March 2012.  The event is hosted by GS1 Australia in conjunction with the GS1 Global Office.

The National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) is the Industry Partner. The conference will bring together healthcare professionals and key industry players from around the world to advance the implementation of global standards and ultimately raise the bar on patient outcomes and the efficient and timely access to medical devices, consumables and pharmaceuticals in the healthcare sector.

The three-day programme is packed with informative speaker sessions, panel discussions, workshops and case studies on all aspects of patient safety and supply chain efficiency. Local and international experts from a range of healthcare sectors will take to the stage to share the latest information on industry and regulatory developments in automatic identification, traceability, electronic product catalogues and data synchronisation.

During the conference, delegates will have the opportunity to visit healthcare sites to see global best practice in action. Plus, on day three, the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) will host an international Government Healthcare Supply Chain ThinkTank to explore synergies in Supply Chain innovation and reform.

Also, as is standard for global GS1 Healthcare conferences, there will be exciting networking opportunities for all participants.

GS1 Australia CEO Maria Palazzolo said GS1 Australia is excited to be hosting the event for the first time, as it brings a unique opportunity for Australian healthcare professionals to learn from the world's best practitioners on their doorstep.

"Our theme for this year's event is 'When Supply Chain meets eHealth – the importance of laying the foundations in healthcare'. The programme is specially designed to help healthcare professionals in their efforts to raise the bar on patient safety and supply chain efficiencies," Ms Palazzolo said.

"I encourage all Australian healthcare companies, large and small from all sectors of the industry, to ensure you and your staff attend the event to learn how you can advance your business and keep ahead of the most pressing issues in your sector."

To date, company representatives attending the conference include: Governmental bodies and regulators, healthcare providers, pharmacists, manufacturers, distributors and wholesalers, logistics providers, industry associations and global GS1 member organisations.

Due to generous sponsorship from industry, attendance at the conference is free for representatives from hospitals and Government, and registration for other Asia Pacific delegates has been reduced.

The ThinkTank is for international government (public-sector funded) healthcare agencies, bodies and individuals by invitation only.

To arrange interviews, please contact Nicki Letts at GS1 Australia on (03) 9550 3409 or [email protected].