National Medicines Symposium 2016 (NMS 2016) takes place 18–20 May 2016 in Canberra.

NMS 2016 will bring together some of the most influential organisations, individuals and decision makers in the health sector to debate and discuss current quality use of medicines, medical tests and medical technologies issues.

Your invitation to get involved: call for abstract submissions

The NMS 2016 Program Committee warmly invites submission of abstracts for lightning talks, pitches, workshops, panel discussions or posters.

This gives individuals, organisations and groups the opportunity to be an integral part of the program for NMS 2016. 

We seek creative and innovative submissions clearly outlining your vision for your session, including your topic and desired outcomes. You should indicate which stream best suits your abstract. 

The NMS 2016 streams are:

  • Foundations: exploring issues relating to evidence, knowledge, access, quality, and safety
  • Sustainable systems:  considering aspects like policy, regulation, workforce and cost
  • In practice: examining topics like models of care, health literacy and enabling best practice.
  • Lightning talks will be allocated 5 minutes in the plenary program. We seek innovative presentations that clearly identify the issue, present a solution, and demonstrate results. 
  • Workshops and panel discussions will be allocated a session in the relevant concurrent stream and there are limited spaces available. Hosting a workshop or panel discussion at NMS 2016 is an excellent way to gain exposure, stimulate discussion and promote understanding with a diverse audience from across the sector.
  • Pitch presentations allow you to present a 5-10 minute idea/proposal to the audience and an expert panel. This session will be interactive and is a great opportunity to get feedback and advice on your idea in preparation for implementation or research. 
  • Poster displays are a rewarding opportunity to meet and learn from colleagues and experts from across Australia. Posters will be displayed in the main break out area ensuring maximum exposure, and time may be allocated for short presentations. 

Note that all abstracts are peer-reviewed for inclusion in the program. More information about NMS 2016 and the abstract submission process is available at 



  • should be a maximum of 300 words
  • clearly reflect your identified stream
  • state the particular idea/issue/practice/proposal/thesis the abstract intends to address
  • state the objectives and scope of the workshop/panel/pitch/poster being submitted
  • briefly describe the work to be discussed
  • have been proof read to ensure correct spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • are to be submitted here

You will need to create an account with your email address and a personal password which will allow you to have ongoing access to both the abstract submission portal and the registration portal.

Successful authors are required to register for NMS 2016 in order to ensure their abstract is included in the final program. NMS 2016 is unable to provide financial support to presenters with regards to flights, accommodation or other expenses relating to their participation in the symposium. 

Closing date for abstract submission is Monday 29 February 2016. Submission of abstracts will not be accepted after this date.

Abstract submission closes: Monday 29 February 2016
Abstract notification to authors: Friday 1 April 2016
Early registration/presenting author registration deadline: Monday 18 April 2016
Accommodation booking deadline: Monday 18 April 2016
Invitation-only policy thinktank: Wednesday 18 May 2016
NMS 2016: 19–20 May 2016

Submit your abstract now

For assistance with abstract submission or for general information about NMS 2016, please contact the symposium secretariat, Expert Events, via or telephone +61(0)738482100.

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