Australia’s Medicines Policy is stuck in 1999

This week researchers have called for an update to Australia’s National Medicines Policy.  The policy was created 20 years ago and since then researchers say there has been no update or comprehensive review.

 A lot has changed since 1999, our music, our fashion, our technology and surely are healthcare. So, shouldn’t our policy change with us? As we approach the 20th anniversary of the National Medicines policy, researchers say a review is overdue. Two researchers, Professor Orin Chisholm and Dr Brendan Shaw from UNSW called for a review of policy in a paper in the Medical Journal of Australia this week.

To lend some insight co-author Dr Brendan Shaw from UNSW and principal of Shawview consulting spoke with our producer Marlene Even.

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