The event will focus on reviews, reform processes and now tenders

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This year's annual event held by Daily Dispatch, the parent company of HealthDispatch and BioPharmaDispatch, will take place in Sydney on 15 May with the theme - 'An opportunity for a wider discussion'.

It is the company's sixth annual conference with its traditional focus on the biopharmaceutical sector extended to include the medical device and diagnostic sectors.

It will be set against the backdrop of ongoing policy engagement by all three sectors, including the health technology assessment review, the proposed reform of the Prostheses List (PL) and now the introduction of tenders for advanced medical technologies.

Confirmed speakers include Prashant Nikam (MSD), Jaime McCoy (Gilead), Andrea Kunca (Roche Diagnostics), Carlo Montagner (Specialised Therapeutics), Pat Williams (Edwards Lifesciences), Ian Burgess (Medical Technology Association of Australia), Liz de Somer (Medicines Australia), Kate Holliday (Centre for Community-Driven Research), Richard Vines (Rare Cancers Australia), Ruth Colagiuri AM (Juvenile Arthritis Foundation Australia), Professor Andrew Wilson (Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee) and Katherine Burchfield (NPS MedicineWise).

The conference program will focus on policy and include some speakers who will share their own experiences and interactions with these processes and decision-makers.

Early-bird registration is available. Complimentary registration is available for patients and patient group representatives ( for more information on this and the sponsorship prospectus).