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2020 Annual Conference and 21st Annual Industry Awards Dinner Wrap Up

Complementary Medicines Australia (CMA) 2020 Annual Conference and 21st Annual Industry Awards Dinner Wrap Up

CMA would like to thank those who attended the 2020 Annual Conference and 21st Annual Industry Awards, which was held in February 2021. This year’s events consisted of three main components: the Annual Conference, the Pre-Dinner Networking Reception and the 21st Annual Industry Awards Dinner.

After an unprecedented year following the impacts of the Australian bushfires and COVID-19 we were delighted to host our conference cohort in-person at the Hyatt Regency in Sydney.

We would like to thank our speakers, sponsors and exhibitors for helping to make these events possible each year, with a special thank you to Swisse our main Conference sponsor and Ferngrove Pharmaceuticals who sponsored the Industry Awards Dinner.

Annual Conference

The CMA team is proud to share a snapshot report of our latest, successful conference.

The conference program provided delegates with the opportunity to reflect on the unprecedented changes to our industry and the world as a result of COVID-19, including the adaptations and innovations that have stemmed from embracing these changes.

For the second year running CMA transitioned to an online experience for delegates utilising a mobile Conference App. We would like to thank the vast majority of our 200 delegates who downloaded and engaged with the app over the conference day. We are excited to continue to grow the app to be a bigger and better part of our delegate’s conference experience in the years to come.

The 2020 conference, Resilience and Championing Change was well-received by audiences. Thank you to all of our speakers who inspired and engaged our conference delegates.

Representatives from academia, the Department of Health, industry specialists and experts, explored the theme ‘Resilience and Championing Change’ across dedicated areas. Guided by Conference MC Marcus Pearce, and welcomed by CMA President, Mr Ian Chant some of the highlights of the highly successful event included:

Deputy Secretary of the Health Products Regulation Group, Australian Department of Health, Adjunct Prof John Skerritt opened the conference by updating delegates on the significant adjustments required by the regulator in the face of COVID-19, the implementation of a data protection scheme for assessed listed medicines and clarification of the regulatory treatment of certain sports supplements. The first Assessed Listed Medicine product which has been approved through the new listing pathway was championed as more applications are under evaluation.

Professor of Public Health Jon Wardle and Director of National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine at Southern Cross University, highlighted the historical context of naturopathy and its integration into public health and discussed championing naturopathic medicine for a healthier future. The three pillars of the National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine Ecosystem; education, research and advocacy, were introduced to delegates as well as TCIMs role in global health.

Emeritus Professor Peter Howe, Clinical Nutrition Research Centre University of Newcastle championed the health benefits of vasoactive nutrients in a detailed presentation which covered the socioeconomic burden of increasing disability associated with our aging population and called for greater emphasis on preventive health measures including functional foods and supplements (nutraceuticals) to maintain optimal mental and physical fitness.

Euromonitor International’s Minahil Khurshid, covered the ‘Health of the Vitamins and Dietary Supplements industry’ providing the latest overview of global and local trends in consumer health and highlighting where industry players are finding opportunities of growth.

Angelo Di Sapia, Director of Legacy Health discussed how Australian ingredients like Native K Kakadu plum are grown and manufactured in Australia. The process and unique attributes and innovative ideas using this amazing native ingredient were highlighted for delegates.

A growing focus on sustainable development, human rights concerns, the impact of climate change and biodiversity threats all have the potential to impact supply chains. Sally Townsend, Head of Sustainability at Blackmores detailed the importance of building sustainable & ethical supply chains. In her timely presentation, Modern Slavery reporting requirements and the CMA’s Supplier Questionnaire were introduced to delegates and an invitation to partner together and join an interactive session to workshop risks within the supply chain were canvassed. To partner together, expressions of interest to the risk assessment workshop can be sent to Emma.Burchell@cmaustralia.org.au.

Championing the conference theme Gillian Fish, Founder of the 6AM Agency and author of ‘Resilience - Body. Mind. Soul’ (June 2020), addressed the room with her presentation ‘Building Resilience in Challenging Times - What brands can learn from the Pandemic’. Key takeouts on surviving and thriving from some of the world’s leading Integrative Health & Wellbeing Experts engaged the audience.

Being the Champion of Change in Healthcare and providing the closing address to this year’s conference was the exceptional Dr Ross Walker, Eminent Practising Cardiologist. Dr Walker’s presentation explored how CAM has always been seen as the poorer cousin to Orthodox medicine and often, the more vocal & prominent members of orthodox medicine ridicule the well-studied benefits of many aspects of complementary medicine. Dr Walker emphasised that rather than being apologetic & reactionary to these comments, the proponents of CAM should present a unified voice highlighting the benefits of many aspects of CAM. Dr Walker’s presentation gave some exceptional examples where the CAM sector can offer enormous benefits to enhance the health of our community.

CMA would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to all conference presenters whose contribution makes the Annual Conference truly engaging and memorable. Presentations for the Annual Conference have been made available to delegates via the Conference App and will also be sent via email. If you did not receive this email and would like to view the presentations, please contact us.

Sponsors, Exhibitors and Prizes

CMA would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to the sponsors, supporters and exhibitors who make our events possible each year. The 2021 conference welcomed 16 exhibitors, along with an espresso coffee cart thanks to our sponsor ADM.

We would like to congratulate the winners of the Passport Competition, and thank Insurance Made Easy, Sesnsient and Network Nutrition/IMCD for providing additional prizes.

21st Annual Industry Awards

One of the highlights of Australia’s world-class complementary medicines industry, the 21st annual CMA awards, were following the conference day. Over 300 people from the complementary medicines industry gathered on 25 February 2021, to celebrate the outstanding winners in a glittering awards ceremony at the Hyatt Hotel in Sydney.

Special thanks go to our event sponsor Ferngrove Pharmaceuticals who gave away 25 air fryers as prizes.

Click here to read a full run down of the Award Winners

Click here to view the photographs from the Awards Dinner

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