ASMI Media Release – ASMI Conference puts the spotlight on ‘innovating’ to a self care future

ASMI Conference puts the spotlight on ‘innovating’ to a self care future
22 July 2015 –

Innovating to a Self Care Future is the theme of the Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) annual conference this year.
The ASMI Diamond Awards Dinner, the premier industry event for the year, will take place following the conference.

ASMI Marketing and Business Development Director, Filomena Maiese, said:

ASMI’s conference will put the spotlight on the key drivers of growth for consumer healthcare moving forward –
delivering consumer healthcare innovation, healthcare regulatory reform, prescription-to-OTC switch, advances in evidence-based complementary medicines and how ‘Big Data’ is being used to better understand and meet the needs of the health consumer. 

“International speakers will look at global trends and drivers in consumer healthcare; cutting-edge innovations in the industry; the changing complementary medicines sector, and prescription-to-OTC switch as an exciting growth driver for consumer healthcare.

“One of ASMI’s key focus areas this year has been garnering support for the Self Care Alliance.
We will hear direct from the convener of the Self Care Alliance on how this movement is gaining momentum in Australia. “

While New Zealand is leading the way globally when it comes to prescription-to-OTC switch, Australia lags behind the rest of the world.
Reasons underpinning these performance differences will be explored and recent switches in New Zealand will be examined – reviewing insights, benefits and learnings which can be transferred to the Australian context.
Some of the recent New Zealand case studies to be considered include injectable vaccines, sildenafil and trimethoprim.

“We will also hear from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) about healthcare regulatory reforms impacting consumer access to medicines and the latest on the Expert Review of Medicines and Medical Devices.

“Finally, Quantium, who are at the forefront of ‘Big Data’ in Australia, will share how Big Data can be used for strategic advantage. “

The ASMI Diamond Awards Dinner, which honours manufacturers and suppliers of non-prescription medicines who excel in the marketing and sales of their products, will follow the conference.

“The Awards champion the highest standards of excellence in the non-prescription medicines industry,” added Ms Maiese.

Confirmed topics and speakers include:  

Six Ways to Innovate in Consumer Healthcare
Robert Buckeldee: Head of Consumer Healthcare, Nielsen Innovation, Europe

Big Data in the Boardroom – Customising to the Consumer
Tim Trumper: Director, Quantium  

Evidence-based complementary medicines and consumer decision making
Dr Mary Hardy: Medical Director, Simms/Mann-UCLA Centre for Integrative Oncology  

New Zealand leading the way with prescription-to-OTC switch
Alison Van Wyk: Executive – Professional Services, Green Cross Health Limited Natalie Gauld:Director, Pharma Projects Ltd  

How the Self Care Alliance is advancing self care in Australia
Robert Lippiatt: Convener, Self Care Alliance  

Update on the Expert Review of Medicines and Medical Devices Regulation
Therapeutic Goods Administration.

The conference registration site will be live shortly.
In the meantime, email to register your interest in attending the conference.

Regular conference updates will be included on Twitter #ASMIconf.


When: Wednesday 11 November 2015. Registration and morning tea at 10 am Where: Waterview Convention Centre, Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush, Sydney Who: Delegates from all sectors of the non-prescription medicines industry are encouraged to attend
How: To register your interest contact Claire Johnson,

The ASMI Annual General Meeting will precede the conference at 9 am.
The conference will be followed by the 2015 ASMI Diamond Awards Dinner at 6.30 pm.

About ASMI: The Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) is the peak body representing sponsors of non-prescription medicines – over-the-counter (OTC) and complementary medicines (CM).
ASMI members make up 85 per cent of the $4bn Non-Prescription Medicines market. Membership totals 50 companies and ASMI members employ approximately 18,000 people with exports estimated at $1.2 billion annually.
ASMI’s mission is to advance consumer health through responsible self-care.
This means driving a viable and responsible industry and empowering the consumer with evidence-based products and information with the aim of improving health and wellbeing.

To find out more about ASMI or how to become an ASMI member, please visit (
For more information or to arrange a media interview, please contact:
Marie Kelly-Davies Communications Manager, Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) M:0408 256 381

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