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SPECIALIST PAIN SYMPOSIA

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Location:

Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium, Building D17 Johns Hopkins Drive (off Missenden Road) The University of Sydney

Enhancing Treatment Adherence: the key to preventing disability and achieving better health outcomes

Poor adherence to treatment advice is a problem of striking magnitude, directly affecting patient morbidity and mortality, patient safety, the global burden of disease, health care costs, and health system effectiveness. Studies consistently find that effective adherence interventions have a far greater impact on the health of the population than any specific medical treatment for chronic illnesses. This one-day conference brings together a multidisciplinary group of international experts on adherence to share the latest evidence-based adherence interventions.

Health professionals, health systems, and the media all play a role in shaping the adherence behaviour of people with chronic illnesses. This symposium will cover all these aspects and provide participants with practical solutions for this common problem.

Who is this for?
Multidisciplinary researchers, clinicians, policy-makers, health care providers who have an interest in patient adherence as a vehicle for improving treatment outcomes.

Key Features
•Internationally renowned experts will be presenting their latest work on obstacles to treatment adherence and ways of improving treatment adherence
•A certificate of completion of 7 hours of CPD is offered to conference participants
•Panel discussion with all speakers, providing conference participants with an opportunity to raise questions and engage in critical discussion of their work
•Social hour included in the schedule to facilitate networking opportunities for clinicians and researchers

Objectives
•Create opportunities for the initiation of interdisciplinary research collaborations and international research partnerships
•Provide health care professionals with an opportunity to discuss complex cases with experts and peers
•Facilitate professional networking among health professionals and researchers with similar interests and goals

Keynote Speakers

Kristin Riekert, PhD. Associate Professor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Director of Cystic Fibrosis Adherence Program and Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Adherence Research Center. Dr. Riekert is Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on several NIH and foundation sponsored intervention trials focused on improving self-management and health outcomes in chronic illnesses.

Leslie Martin, PhD. Professor of Psychology, La Sierra University Dr. Martin has dedicated 20 years of research to understanding the role of clinician-patient communication in patient outcomes, including adherence. Dr. Martin has authored seminal books on this topic, including Health Behavior Change and Treatment Adherence: Evidence-based Guidelines for Improving Healthcare.

Registration cost is AUD$297 (incl. GST).

For more detail, see the website http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/pmri/education/continuing/symposia.php