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2019 Annual Conference and 20th Annual Industry Awards Dinner Wrap Up

Complementary Medicines Australia (CMA) 2019 Annual Conference and 20th Annual Industry Awards Dinner Wrap Up
CMA would like to thank those who attended the 2019 Annual Conference and 20th Annual Industry Awards. This year’s events consisted of four main components: the China Regulatory and Supply Chain Seminar, the Annual Conference, the Pre-Dinner Networking Reception and the 20th Annual Industry Awards Dinner.

We were excited to refresh our events at a new venue this year, with a move to the picturesque Doltone House facilities at Darling Island and Jones Bay Wharf. Both locations offer stunning views of Sydney Harbour and provide the perfect backdrop for our expanding industry events.

We extend our gratitude to the delegation from China, led by our friends and colleagues at the China Chamber of Commerce for Import & Export of Medicines & Health Products (CCCMHPIE).
This year, the CCCMHPIE partnered with CMA to bring members a China Regulatory and Supply Chain Seminar with the aim of promoting greater knowledge and engagement between our professional networks.
Click here to read the full wrap up of the China Seminar.

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 TSI Pharmaceuticals, sponsor of the China Seminar, 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.

This was the first year CMA launched the Conference Program via a mobile Conference App . We would like to thank the vast majority of our 220 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.

Representatives from academia, the Department of Health, industry specialists and International experts, explored the ‘World of Opportunities’ theme across dedicated areas. Guided by Conference MC Gary Scattergood, some of the highlights of the packed highly successful event include:

Associate Professor Jon Wardle from the University of Technology, Sydney, who discussed the dynamic push and pull factors that influence the uses of complementary medicines. He outlined factors including dissatisfaction with conventional care and concerns about the safety of conventional care. Push factors include peoples’ personal beliefs or traditions, the attraction of the holistic principles of complementary medicines and a desire for greater personal wellbeing.

An engaging speaker panel session followed with Deputy Secretary of the Health Products Regulation Group, Adjunct Prof John Skerritt; Associate Professor Jon Wardle and World Health Innovation Summit Ambassador Manuela Boyle, where themes of health literacy, new pathways and evidence for TGA Assessed Listed medicines and the global role of preventive medicine were explored.

Monika Xing, Deputy Director of Health and Nutrition (CCCMHPIE), who outlined her interpretation of the many opportunities and consumer demands in the nutritional and health food market in China. Using the opening of the mega market Costco as an example, she underlined the powerful purchasing power in China, detailing the evolution of the growing consumer market.

 Speaking to the theme of the conference, A World of Opportunities, CMA Chief Executive, Carl Gibson and Aiden Essery, CMA’s Economic Policy Adviser, presented a synopsis of market trends and market access. The pair were proud to share that Australia has become the largest exporter of Nutrition and Health Foods to China. Plus, that the Complementary Medicines industry continues to outpace growth in the broader Australian economy.

 In a thought-provoking presentation, Brett Friedman from Blackmores Institute demonstrated the fact that 25% of medications currently prescribed are derived from wild plant sources and that 80% of people in developing countries depend on herbal medicine for their primary healthcare.

An incredible 50,000–80,000 plants are used as therapeutic agents worldwide he said, but 15,000 species are faced with extinction. Many plant species are threatened by extinction with rare and endemic species at highest risk.

In her timely presentation, Sustainable Supply Chains: Risks and Opportunities for the Natural Healthcare Industry, Sally Townsend from Blackmores detailed our industry’s responsibility for sustainable practices at every level, including packaging waste targets. “The federal government and all states have agreed that all Australian packaging should be reusable, compostable or recyclable by 2025”, she said.

Sally quoted Namoi Klein who said: “Our economic system and our planetary system are now at war. Only one of these sets of rules can be changed, and it’s not the laws of nature.”

Dr. Nandakumara Sarma, Director of Dietary Supplements, Foods and Herbal Medicines at the US Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) addressed conference delegates by introducing the USP and the standard-setting process. His presentation provided a focus on botanical quality standards and other standards that are useful to support a global supply chain. Dr Sarma’s presentation helped delegates build a better understanding of USP standards, which are recognized by TGA regulations and to reduce burden on the sector through science-based solutions.

In one of the most animated presentations of the day, Chris Savage, Chairman of the 6AM agency, urged our industry to take steps to build trust with the media.

“Reputation capability and character are vital components” he said. He urged our industry to acknowledge the challenges that may occur, address them, assume responsibility and take control.

The CMA 2019 conference, A World of Opportunities was well-received by audiences. Thank you to all of our speakers who inspired and engaged our conference delegates.

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 2019 conference welcomed 16 exhibitors, along with an espresso coffee cart thanks to event sponsor and exhibitor Medipaq.

We would like to congratulate the winners of the Passport Competition, and thank On Q Recruitment, Alaron and Plasdene Glass-Pak for providing additional prizes.


20th Annual Industry Awards
CMA were particularly excited to celebrate our Annual Industry Awards in 2019 as it marked the 20th anniversary of the event. Doltone House – Jones Bay Wharf offered exceptional views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge during our pre-dinner networking reception and a truly stunning venue for our  400 guests to enjoy a gourmet dinner.

Special thanks go to our event sponsor Ferngrove Pharmaceuticals who gave away 40 coffee machines as prizes, and to our entertainment for the evening – amazing jazz band Big Ricky and the Hummingbirds.

Many congratulations go out to our award winners, in particular the winner of the Lady Cilento Award – John Baker, and CMA’s very own Lucy Lang who took away the Industry Contributor of the Year Award.

Click here to view the photographs from the Awards Dinner
Industry Award Winners

Lady Cilento Award
John Baker

Industry Contributor of the Year Award
Lucy Lang

Sustainability Award

Innovator of the Year Award

Exporter of the Year Award
Swisse Wellness

Outstanding Contribution to, Education & Training Award
Caruso’s Natural Health

Most Outstanding Marketing Campaign Award
Caruos’s Natural Health

Quality Manufacturer of the Year Award
Lipa Pharmaceuticals

Quality Raw Material Supplier Award

Distributor of the Year Award
Go Vita

Retailer of the Year Award
Go Vita - Mount Barker

Social Selling Award
Herbalife Nutrition

Judge’s Choice Award
Thursday Plantation

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