ConPharm travels to Brisbane in 2018


14th Annual Consultant Clinical Pharmacy Seminar

The Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy (AACP) will hold its 14th Annual Consultant Pharmacy Seminar, ConPharm at the Sofitel Brisbane Central Hotel from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 June 2018.

ConPharm is one of the most popular events on the CPD calendar. For those actively involved in consultant pharmacy practice it is one seminar that should not be missed. The program is designed to appeal to accredited pharmacists and those undergoing accreditation.

The AACP is always delighted to welcome back those who have attended and supported the event since the early days. For those new to ConPharm, attendance provides an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with their peers and be inspired by their colleagues.

Speakers confirmed include Professor David Currow Chief Cancer Officer of NSW, CEO of the Cancer Institute NSW and Professor of Palliative Medicine in the Faculty of Health at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

He will be joined by other AACP regulars, rheumatologist Dr Paul Kubler and geriatrician Dr Anthony French. Also speaking at the event will be experienced pharmacists and researchers, Dr Andrew Stafford and Dr Brett MacFarlane.

The usual trade exhibition incorporates many stands promoting services and information specifically targeted to the role of accredited pharmacists.

The AACP acknowledges the long-time support of its major sponsors Pharmaceutical Defence Ltd (PDL) and MIMS Australia.

Further information will be available soon.

Email enquiries to

*Program subject to change

Friday 15 June 2018

Registration from 8am (main seminar starts at 12:30pm with a light lunch from 11:50am)

Pain Management Masterclass 9am – 12pm – see below for further information – FULL

Case Study Workshop 9:00am – 11:30am – see below for further information

Pre-ConPharm lunch from 11:50am

Afternoon session only: 12:30pm – 5:30pm

Welcome Drinks & Canapes: 5:30pm – 7pm

Saturday 16 June 2018

Full day: 10am – 5:30pm

Evening at leisure – Please have a look at the Things to Do tab for ideas and dinner venue suggestions.

Sunday 17 June 2018

Full day: 9am – 4pm


Pain Management Masterclass – FULL

The Pain Management Master Class is a compact program aimed at providing consultant pharmacists with the latest knowledge in best practice management of chronic non-cancer pain. The program will provide an update on pharmacotherapies used in chronic pain and how the quality use of these medications fit within a multi-modal treatment approach.

Cost: $25.00

Case Study Workshop

This interactive workshop will develop attendees’ skills in evaluating and optimising the medication management of older people with various comorbidities. Attendees will utilise a person-centred approach to appropriately integrate the application of clinical guidelines with patient priorities and their goals of care. The workshop is most suited to pharmacists with limited exposure to medication review practice, although may also be of interest to more experienced practitioners.

Places in this workshop are strictly limited. It will be facilitated by educator Dr Andrew Stafford, an experienced accredited pharmacist and a Director of Dementia Training Australia.

Cost: $25.00

CPD at ConPharm

The Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy (AACP) will apply for the activity to be accredited for CPD purposes.

For further information pharmacists should review the Pharmacy Board of Australia’s standards and guidelines on CPD requirements for Australian registered pharmacists.

The accreditation of CPD activities provides an assurance to pharmacists that an activity has been reviewed for its educational quality.

Pharmacists from rural and remote areas intending to claim the 6CPA Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Allowance should read the current requirements on the 6CPA website.

Any queries related to CPD should be sent to

You will receive an automatic response that your registration form has been submitted. If you do not receive the email please contact the organisers at

Please read the Terms & Conditions before completing the Registration Form.

Registration Fees

Payment Options

  1. Pay via electronic transfer to the AACP NAB acccount. BSB: 082 902 A/C: 641286571. Please use your MRN or Unique ID (found on form) followed by ConPharm as the reference.
  2. Pay by credit card using our secure eWAY payment gateway.
  3. Cheque made payable to AACP PO Box 288 Fyshwick ACT 2609.
  4. Invoice prior to payment – Please indicate this on the registration form.

If you have any further enquires please contact the ConPharm organisers Sarah or Nadia via email at or by phone on 02 6120 2800.

Seminar Venue

Sofitel Brisbane Central Hotel
249 Turbot St Brisbane City Qld 4000
07 3835 3535
Reservations: 07 3835 4444

Registration & Information Desk

The Registration and Information Desk will be located onsite at the Sofitel Brisbane Central Hotel for the duration of the seminar for collection of name badges and conference materials. Staff will be on hand to answer any queries and provide information.

Speaker Presentations

If you have indicated and paid for a handbook at time of registration it will be allocated at the seminar. (No extras will be printed). All other attending delegates will be emailed a link to download and save on a laptop or tablet device speaker presentations prior to ConPharm seminar.

Dress Code

Smart casual

Dietary Requirements

All daily catering including lunch, morning and afternoon teas, will be served in the exhibition space.

If you have a special dietary requirement, please indicate this in your registration form prior to the Seminar.


Brisbane’s weather in winter is generally dry and mild with mean temperatures between 11 – 21°C

Sofitel Brisbane Central Hotel

249 Turbot St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
Check in: 2pm
Check out: 11am

Sofitel Brisbane Central Hotel located in the heart of the city. Within walking distance to the acclaimed Eagle Street Pier and South Bank Parklands. Brisbane’s excellent restaurants, bars and cafes are within easy reach. Guests staying at the hotel have the convenience of the Central Station at their doorstep.

A special seminar accommodation rate per night has been negotiated with the Sofitel Brisbane Central Hotel. Rates are valid between the dates of 14 June to 19 June 2018 if you wish to come early or stay on.

  • Superior room $210 per night (room only)
  • Superior room $235 per night (with breakfast for 1)

To obtain the discounted rates offered, accommodation should be booked directly with the Sofitel Brisbane through reservations.

Reservations: 07 3835 4444
Quote: AAC130618

A credit card will need to be provided to secure booking.

Important Note: All accommodation must be arranged and all accounts settled by the registering delegate. The ConPharm organisers are not managing accommodation for delegates for this event.

Other nearby accommodation options

Inchcolm Hotel and Suites – 3 minute walk
73 Wickham Terrace Brisbane 4000
07 3226 8888

Pullman Brisbane King George Square Hotel – 6 minute walk
Corner of Ann and Roma Street Brisbane 4000
07 3229 9111

Mercure Brisbane King George Square Hotel – 6 minute walk
Corner of Ann and Roma Street Brisbane 4000
07 3229 9111

Novotel Brisbane – 8 minute walk
200 Creek Street Brisbane 4000
07 3309 93309

Distance to the Hotel

Brisbane Airport – 19km
Central Station – 0.1km – The Hotel is above Central Station, with direct access to Brisbane airport

GPS: -27.465352, 153.026299

Taxi cost: $55
Distance: 18 kilometres
Travel Time: 20 minutes

Airtrain services between Brisbane City and Brisbane Airport (Domestic Terminal) take 22 minutes.


The Sofitel Brisbane Central offers a car park for guests’ convenience and is subject to availability. The following rates are applicable and subject to change without notice.

  • Self-Parking $47.00 per vehicle per day for in-house guests
  • Valet Parking $57.00 per vehicle per day for in-house guests

Additional parking is available at the Wickham Terrace Car Park. The Car Park has two entry and exit points for vehicles via:

  • Turbot Street – entry and exit
  • Wickham Terrace via Creek Street – left-turn entry only

Public Transport



Click on the links below to view and book flights.

Virgin Australia



Luggage storage

Delegates requiring storage of luggage after checkout should let the hotel concierges know on check out.

What you can do in Brisbane?

Brisbane capital of Queensland is a large city on the Brisbane river. Each year the capital delivers world class art exhibitions, sporting matches, live theatre, festivals and more.

Visit Brisbane

Shopping in Brisbane

Brisbane City is a vibrant adventure – with more than 700 stores along the Queen Street Mall and only an 8-minute walk from the Sofitel Hotel

Riverside Markets at the City Botanic Gardens

1 Albert Street, Brisbane City, Queensland 4000

Riverside Markets is a Brisbane CBD weekend farmers market, located in the City Botanic Gardens and the lower block of Albert Street.

Come for breakfast and stay for the great atmosphere. With great coffee, brunch and live bands, browse the extensive range of fashion, arts and gifts. Pick up your weekly stock of organic fruit and veg.

QPAC – Queensland Performing Arts Centre

QPAC is part of a vibrant cultural precinct at South Bank that also includes Queensland Museum, Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art and State Library of Queensland.

Located just across the river the Brisbane CBD, the Cultural Precinct, South Bank is the arts and cultural hub of Brisbane.
Within a day in the Cultural Precinct, you can investigate your family history, measure yourself up against a dinosaur, see a live performance, admire the work of international and Australian artists, dine, shop and take in the great view of the city from the beautiful parkland surroundings.

See performing arts that’s truly underground

Head beneath the surface to the refurbished Spring Hill Reservoirs for performances from The Underground Opera Company and small theatre troupes. Built between 1871 and 1882, these large underground spaces held the city’s main water supply until it was closed in 1962. Now you can catch live opera or theatrical performances down there. The acoustics are truly something.

Abseil off the Story Bridge

We are assuming you’re well acquainted with the Story Bridge Adventure Climb (one of only three bridge climbs in the world), but did you know it also offers abseil climbs? This means you climb the top of the bridge as per normal, but on the last leg abseil 30m straight down the pylon.

Tick tock, ride to the top of City Hall

At 92m high, Brisbane City Hall reigned over Brisbane as the tallest building for more than 30 years. Built in 1930, the clock tour and elevator have been in operation since the beginning, taking you to an observation platform 76m high. The tower has been restored, with free tours available every 15 minutes daily. Access is via the Museum of Brisbane.

A short distance from Brisbane

North Stradbroke Island -Just a short ferry trip from Cleveland Marina, North Stradbroke Island is a perfect day out for beach goers and nature lovers. Start your day along the scenic North Gorge Headland Walk. Keep your eyes peeled for whales frolicking in the distance, and turtles and manta rays in the clear waters of the gorge. Follow the coastline along to Cylinder Beach, the perfect spot to enjoy a leisurely afternoon in the waves or on the sand.

Bribie Island – Separating Bribie Island from the mainland lies Pumicestone Passage, a popular escape for water sports enthusiasts, nature lovers and families. Just an hour’s drive from Brisbane CBD, spend your day relaxing on the sand or get among the action and take a guided kayak, windsurfing or kite surfing tour along the sheltered channel.

Pumicestone Passage is also one of the east coast’s most vibrant marine environments, so be sure to bring your binoculars to watch the impressive range of shorebirds dart across the sandbanks and mangroves. You may also be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a dugong as they make their way through the seagrass beds.

Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology – Spend the morning inside a treasure house of world history and ancient possessions at the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology. From ancient Egyptian artefacts to local historical tours, the museum offers interesting activities to engage kids and adults. For lunch, drive just 15 minutes to Redcliffe’s Suttons Beach and find a shady spot to enjoy some of Brisbane’s best fish and chips. Spend the afternoon walking along the sandy beaches and letting the waves lap at your feet.

Restaurants in Brisbane

Eagle St
Boundary St
Queen St
Edward St
Burnett Lane
George St
Mary St


A confirmation of registration and tax invoice will be issued to the email address provided on submission of the registration form. Please allow three to four business days to receive this confirmation. If you have not received a confirmation email please contact the ConPharm organisers on 02 6120 2800 or via email


Full payment of registration fees must be received prior to the conference, so please ensure that your fees are paid prior to your arrival at ConPharm. Please ensure if you are making a payment after you have requested an invoice you do so within 14 days, unless other arrangements have been made with the ConPharm organisers.

Credit Card Protection Policy

Credit Card payments are made directly through the AACP website to ensure your personal details are kept safe. We do not store your credit card details.

Cancellation Policy & Refunds

All cancellations and requests for registration refunds must be made in writing to

  • Cancellations made before 14 May 2018 will receive a refund less a $100.00 per delegate administration fee.
  • Cancellations after 14 May 2018 will receive no refund.
  • No refunds will be issued until after the seminar.
  • Substitute names will be accepted. Substituting a delegate from the same organisation is welcome as long as notification of the change is received in writing by email before Friday 1 June 2018.
  • No refunds will be given for non-attendance at the seminar.
  • Accommodation and airline cancellations are at the discretion of the individual organisations concerned and not Conpharm organisers.

Registration Changes

Any changes to your registration will not be accepted by telephone. Please email your changes to


Only one room per delegate is available at the special rate organised with the Sofitel Brisbane Central Hotel.

Any changes to your accommodation must be made directly to the Sofitel Brisbane Central Hotel on 07 3835 4444. Please note reservations cancelled within 30 days prior to arrival will be subject to a cancellation fee of 100%.

The accommodation account must be settled directly with the hotel and not ConPharm organisers.

The Sofitel Brisbane Central Hotel will charge a deposit equal to one night’s accommodation when the booking is made.


Participation at ConPharm is at the sole discretion of the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy (AACP) and is subject to conditions laid down by the AACP. The AACP reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone it sees fit. This can occur without notice. In the event this is required a refund of the registration fee will be facilitated.

Attendees at ConPharm must be over 18 years. Attendance at conference sessions, workshops and associated functions is not permitted for younger persons.

Condition of Entry

It is a condition of entry to the ConPharm Seminar and Trade Exhibition that you may be photographed or filmed at the event, and that your image may be used on promotional material for future conferences including the AACP web site.

Condition of Optional Workshop

If you are attending the Pain Management Masterclass (Mundipharma) optional workshop at ConParm 2018, please be aware your Name and email address will be forwarded to that organisation for any communication relevant to that workshop.


Participation is acknowledgement that no blame, liability or responsibility can be attributed to the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy, its staff or agents for any loss, damage or injury resulting from failure to carry out any undertakings or provision, or from substitution of any undertaking or provision.

For all exhibition enquiries, please contact the ConPharm organisers at

With thanks to our sponsors



  Lung Foundation