Brisbane welcomes return of global pharmaceutical sciences congress

The FIP World Congress at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Photo: J&A Photography/Josh Woning

Brisbane welcomed around 2,000 delegates from 90 countries for one of the world’s premier pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences congress which was held last week at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC).

The 81st International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences was held at BCEC across five days marking the return of the congress to Australia after a 20-year absence.

The Congress coincided with World Pharmacists Day, further highlighting the work of Australia’s 36,000 pharmacists in delivering pharmaceutical services and the research they conduct.

FIP president and Sydney pharmacist, Paul Sinclair. Photo: J&A Photography/Josh Woning

Leading the Congress was the newly appointed president of FIP and Sydney pharmacist, Paul Sinclair, the first Australian president in the federation’s 111-year history.

“This FIP World Congress has made clear the pharmacy profession’s value in contributing to the 2030 global agenda, which includes the Sustainable Development Goal of health and well-being for all,” said Sinclair.

“Pharmacists have a huge potential to further improve the health of communities and are eager to do much more.”

Photo: J&A Photography/Josh Woning

Queensland Health Minister Shannon Fentiman addressed the Congress on World Pharmacists Day announcing the expansion of a Pharmacy Scope of Practice Pilot, allowing pharmacists to administer a wider range of vaccines and prescribe medicines for common health conditions.

“The Centre’s collaborative partnerships with the local scientific community as part of our Convention Advocates Partnership, play an important role in attracting these key sector conferences to Brisbane,” said BCEC general manager Kym Guesdon.