PLMO-01 - Plenary session – It’s World Pharmacists Day 2023 — Pharmacists strengthening health systems

Great Hall 3-4


Mr Paul Sinclair, FIP President , Australia and Prof Parisa Aslani, FIP Vice President, Australia


In an era defined by global health challenges, the role of pharmacists has never been more crucial. This session focuses on the World Pharmacists Day theme of Pharmacists strengthening health systems. We will explore the significant contributions that pharmacists make towards Universal Health Coverage, preventative healthcare and patient care, and discuss how to prepare for future pandemics. From public health concerns to the rapid development of COVID vaccines, we will delve into real-world examples of pharmacists driving improvements in health systems and consider the investment and resources necessary to further empower the workforce.


09:00 – 09:10 Opening and introduction by the chairs
09:10 – 09:15

Welcome address
The Hon. Mark Butler MP, Minister for Health and Aged Care, Deputy Leader of the House, Australia

09:15 – 09:35

FIP supporting the profession globally to strengthen health systems
Mr Paul Sinclair, FIP President, Australia and Dr Lars-Åke Söderlund, FIP VP, Co-Chair FIP Technology Advisory Group, Sweden

09:35 – 09:55

The future of pharmacy: much more than the convenient provision of the right medicine
Dr Fei Sim, The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Australia

09:55 – 10:10 The future in pharmacy: Launch of Pharmacy Forecast Australia 2023
Mr Tom Simpson, The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia
10:10 –- 10:25 Panel discussion with speakers
10:25 – 10:30  Closing remarks from chairs

Learning objectives

  1. Understand the key role of pharmacists in strengthening health systems and their contributions towards Universal Health Coverage.
  2. Learn about the challenges and opportunities in the rapidly evolving field of pharmacy, including the role of digital platforms and the importance of investing in the workforce.
  3. Gain insights into successful models of pharmacy practice and the future direction of the profession.

Take home messages

Pharmacists are central to strengthening health systems, contributing to prevention, patient care, and public health. Investing in the pharmacy workforce and new models of delivery can unlock further and significant potential, driving improvements in health outcomes and system efficiency.