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Influencing Decisions about Medicines and Healthcare Treatments: Workshop

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Hobart Function and Conference Centre

1 Elizabeth Street Pier

Hobart

Tas 7000

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Does access to new medical treatments matter to you?

Do you want to learn how to give effective input into decisions about funding medicines?

Patient Voice Initiative is running workshops in capital cities across Australia to help consumers and consumer advocacy groups better understand healthcare decision making. This round of workshops will particularly focus on Australia’s system for reimbursement of medicines as well as treatments (that is what gets funded under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and Medicare).

In the workshops you will:

  • Gain an understanding of the pathways and processes by which medicines and treatments become available in Australia.
  • Hear from Consumer Representative and Deputy Chair of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee, Jo Watson, about how the committee operates and how consumers can be most influential (note in Perth this will be Consumer Representative Jan Donovan)
  • Learn from the experiences of other patients who have been involved in advocating for new medicines.
  • Find out how to use your knowledge to provide the right information at the right time to make sure decisions about funding new medicines in Australia are better informed.
  • Network with other groups and patients to gain insights into accessing new medicines and how communities can work together for a stronger voice of patients in healthcare decision making.

Please note, registration for these workshops will be limited. If there is interest additional dates may be added, however we cannot guarantee this. We recommend early registration to avoid disappointment. For this reason, we also ask that if you cannot attend the workshop you notify us at your earliest convenience.

1. Is the event free?

Yes, the Patient Voice Initiative receives sponsorship from the following companies so that we can providing training free of charge: Bristol-Myers Squibb, Janssen, Lilly, MSD, Pfizer and Sanofi.

2. How can I travel to the event?

Public transport: 5-minute walk from Hobart City Interchange

Parking: Metered street parking, 5-minute walk from Dunn Place Parking Lot and 7-minute walk from Market Place Car Park

3. Do you offer parking and public transport subsidies to patients and patient groups attending the workshop?

Yes. Please keep a receipt or ticket and pick up a form on the day to be reimbursed. We will reimburse promptly.

4. If I can't attend, can someone else go in my place?

Yes, please contact us so we can update our information for the day. If ill health prevents you from attending, please consider sending a carer or family member in your place.

5. I'm a representative of a patient/health consumer organisation, how many people can attend from our organisation?

To ensure we reach as many patients and their representatives as possible, we have limited places to two per organisation. If this causes a particular problem, please contact us.

6. I can't attend, do you have any other training options?

The Patient Voice Initiative will provide other training workshops in other capital cities. It is also developing this material so that it can be accessed from its website.

7. Further questions

Please email: contact@patientvoiceinitiative.org.au

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