The Gold Coast will host Australia’s largest pharmacy conference and trade exhibition from March 14-17 during APP (Australian Pharmacy Professional) Conference 2024. This event offers attendees a chance to update their knowledge, reunite with peers, and explore the newest industry innovations and product advancements. APP is the ultimate gathering for the pharmacy sector, fostering connections, idea exchange, product showcases, networking, and, of course, a good time. Retail Beauty rounds up everything you need to know about the four-day conference.
WHAT IS THE AUSTRALIAN PHARMACY PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE & TRADE EXHIBITION (APP)?
APP stands for The Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s annual national conference and is the largest pharmacy event in the country. This four-day gathering features an extensive educational program, engaging social activities, and a trade exhibition highlighting the latest products, services, and industry insights. This face-to-face event offers an ideal platform for reconnecting with fellow primary healthcare providers, trusted suppliers, and other prominent figures in the pharmacy industry.
Kos Sclavos AM conference convenor said the program reflects the conference theme, ‘Navigating the future together ‘and focuses on the future of the pharmacy industry as we head towards 8CPA. The Opening Plenary will showcase and recognise awards of excellence including The Pharmacy of the Year Award, the MIMS/Guild Intern of the Year and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia/Maxigesic Pharmacy Assistant of the Year. APP2024 also offers delegates an exciting networking and social program including a ‘Glowchella’ themed Street Party, the ever-popular Welcome Reception, a Women’s Networking Lunch and a Pharmacy Assistant Networking Lunch, where attendees can meet the 2023 Pharmacy Assistant of the Year, Ms Colby Diek.
WHEN AND WHERE IS THE CONFERENCE AND TRADE EXHIBITION BEING HELD?
The conference and trade exhibition will be held at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre (GCCEC).
Conference sessions and the trade exhibition are held from Thursday, March 14 until Sunday, March 17, 2022. Please visit the Program page online at www.appconference.com for session information and times.
TRADE EXHIBITION OPENING TIMES
Thursday, March 14, 5:30pm – 8:30pm (Main exhibition hall open and Welcome Reception)
Friday, March 15, 9:30am – 5:00pm
Saturday, March 16, 9:30am – 5:00pm
Sunday, March 77, 9.30am – 12:30pm
HOW MANY TRADE EXHIBITION STANDS WILL BE ON DISPLAY?
There will be over 450 trade stands showcasing the latest industry products and services.
CAN I REGISTER ONSITE?
Pre-registration is highly encouraged. Online registration will remain open during the event, meaning you can register on your mobile phone or any other device before arriving onsite.
WHO IS THE EVENT ORGANISER?
The organiser of the event is The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch. Please contact the organiser by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 07 3831 3788.
- First timer’s lunch
New to APP? Join fellow first timers and Guild staff and find out how to make the most of your APP experience.
When: Thursday, 14, 12.30pm – 2.00pm
Where: Foyer A, GCCEC
Cost: Inclusive for full and Thursday day delegates
- Welcome Reception
The Welcome Reception is the networking focal point of APP and is the perfect opportunity to catch up with colleagues, meet with suppliers and build new business relationships in a relaxed environment. Drinks and canapes included.
When: Thursday, March 14, 5.30pm – 8.30pm
Where: Trade Exhibition Area, GCCEC
Cost: Included in full conference registration
Additional tickets: $85pp
Dress: Smart casual or business
- Women’s Networking Lunch
Celebrate International Women’s Day with your pharmacy colleagues and Guild Officials over lunch and a glass of wine at APP. This lunch is open to all pharmacists, pharmacy staff and students who are registered as full and Friday day delegates.
When: Friday, March 15, 12.45pm – 2.00pm
Where: Foyer A, GCCEC
Cost: Inclusive for full and Friday day delegates
- Pharmacy Assistant Networking Lunch
Come and network with like-minded pharmacy assistants plus meet the 2023 Pharmacy Guild of Australia/Maxigesic Pharmacy Assistant of the Year Award National Winner, Colby Diek. This lunch is free for all pharmacy assistants.
When: Saturday, March 16, 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Where: Foyer A, GCCEC
Cost: Inclusive for all pharmacy assistants
- APP Street Party – ‘Glowchella’
Taking a page from the iconic Californian music and arts festival, Coachella, the 2024 Street Party promises a sensory explosion with groovy beats and dazzling art installations set against a neon backdrop. The entertainment lineup features luminous dance performances, a live covers band, and a headline DJ performance by the sensation Hot Dub Time Machine, known for electrifying crowds at festivals worldwide, including Coachella, Reading, and Splendour in the Grass. For those seeking a more laid-back experience, you can dance the night away at the silent disco in the adjacent chill-out marquee, join the ‘Glowchella’ spirit at the diamante and tattoo bar, and create memories with your pharmacy friends in the themed photo booth. Dinner and drinks included.
When: Saturday, March 16, 7pm – midnight
Where: Event Centre, The Star Gold Coast
Cost: $150pp OR $110pp for Students/Guild Interns/Pharmacy Assistants
WHERE TO STAY:
Special conference accommodation rates have been negotiated with a range of hotels and apartments within close proximity to the conference venue. To secure the discounted accommodation rates, bookings must be made via https://appconference.com/book-now.
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