BioForum | From Hospital Beds to Healthy Lives: The Impact of Innovative Medicines

When:  Jun 28, 2023 from 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM (ET)

In Australia, important decisions are being made which medicines are approved and available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, improving both access and affordability for patients.

Join American economist and Columbia University Professor Frank Lichtenberg who will present key findings from his report: The Effect of New Medicines Provided by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) on Mortality and Hospital Utilisation in Australia, 2002 – 2019.

Professor Lichtenberg will also discuss the health and economic benefits of adding more medicines to the PBS for patients and hospitals, and participate in a panel Q&A facilitated by Paul Cross, Founder and Managing Director of Daily Dispatch to explore the impact of those findings. They will be joined by Anne-Maree Englund, Head of Strategic Policy Implementation, Medicines Australia and Deidre Mackechnie, Executive Officer, Australian Patient Advocacy Alliance, who will also discuss the national Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Policy and Methods Review to improve access to new health technologies.  

Event details:

Date: Wednesday 28 June 2023
Time (AEST):
4:45 pm Guest arrival
5:00 pm: Presentation (summary of findings) and interview
5:20 pm – 6:00 pm: Panel and Q&A
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Networking (in person only)

Hybrid – In person and online 
Swinburne Studio, ACMI, Federation Square, Corner Flinders and Swanston Streets, Melbourne VIC 3000


Professor Frank Lichtenberg – Cain Brothers & Company Professor of Healthcare Management
Deidre Mackechnie – Executive Officer, Australian Patient Advocacy Alliance
Anne-Maree Englund – Head of Strategic Policy Implementation, Medicines Australia 

Paul Cross, Managing Director, Daily Dispatch
Host: Jeff Malone, CEO, BioMelbourne Network 

In-person: Members $85; Non Members $175
Online: Members $25; Non Members $45

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This event is sponsored by the State Government of Victoria

In collaboration with Medicines Australia

Cancellation Policy

In-person registration:
Full refund given up to 7 days prior to the event
No refunds within 7 days of the event

Online registration:
Full refund given up to 3 days prior to the event
No refunds within 3 days of the event

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Swinburne Studio, ACMI, Federation Square
Corner Flinders and Swanston Streets
Melbourne, VIC 3000