Australia's Largest Scientific Pharmacy Conference Heads to Cairns in 2023 and Adelaide in 2024: SHPA's Exciting Announcement

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​The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) has recently made an exciting announcement that will provide long-term certainty for Australia's pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. Medicines Management, Australia's largest scientific pharmacy conference, is set to take place in Cairns in 2023 and Adelaide in 2024. This decision to announce the host cities of the next two iterations of the conference together is a strategic move aimed at supporting forward planning in the ever-evolving pharmacy landscape.

SHPA's President, Tom Simpson, emphasised the significance of this announcement, and how it reflects the changing landscape of pharmacy care in Australia. In this blog post, we will explore the key highlights of this announcement and the impact it will have on the pharmacy community.

Medicines Management 2023 in Cairns

Medicines Management 2023 is scheduled to be held in Cairns from 2nd to 4th November 2023. SHPA President Tom Simpson expressed enthusiasm about presenting another exceptional program that excites and inspires pharmacists, technicians, and their peers. This conference will bring together healthcare professionals specialising in team-based care across various settings, including hospitals, communities, residential aged care, and home care.

SHPA Chief Executive Kristin Michaels highlighted the success of previous conferences in Queensland, with the last conference in December 2022 witnessing record attendance figures. The return to Queensland aims to provide a full-scale conference experience with an intimate and individualised feel, catering to the unique needs of attendees.

Medicines Management 2024 in Adelaide

Following the Cairns conference, Medicines Management 2024 is scheduled to take place in Adelaide from 14th to 16th November 2024. This conference, originally planned for 2020 but postponed, promises to provide a perfect blend of scientific excellence and a relaxing environment. Attendees can look forward to boutique eateries, serene beaches, and beautiful spring weather while participating in thought-provoking discussions and sessions.

The Impact on Pharmacy Professionals

The announcement of the host cities for Medicines Management 2023 and 2024 reflects the resilience and adaptability of pharmacy professionals in Australia. In a time marked by unprecedented challenges, these conferences serve as a platform for knowledge sharing, networking, and collaboration among pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

The themes for MM2023 and MM2024, yet to be revealed, will undoubtedly address the changing dynamics of the healthcare industry and the role of pharmacy professionals in delivering high-quality patient care.


The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia's decision to host Medicines Management 2023 in Cairns and Medicines Management 2024 in Adelaide is a testament to their commitment to advancing pharmacy practice and improving patient care. These conferences will provide invaluable opportunities for pharmacy professionals to connect, learn, and thrive in a rapidly evolving healthcare landscape.

For more information about these conferences and the SHPA, you can visit their official website: SHPA Official Website

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Stay tuned for more updates on Medicines Management 2023 and 2024, as SHPA continues to lead the way in promoting clinical excellence and evidence-based practice in the pharmacy profession.

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