The Friendlies Conference: 8-9 September 2022

Future Focus and Resilience for Friendly Societies

Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600

Presented by the Australia Friendly Societies Pharmacies Association (AFSPA), the annual Friendlies Conference brings together representatives of Friendly Society owned pharmacies and their associated stakeholders.

The Programme

Back face-to-face for 2022 in Canberra with the theme Future Focus and Resilience for Friendly Societies. We are thrilled to present a series of valuable updates from pharmacy representatives and advisers as well as rebooting the Hackathon day with Associations Expert, Belinda Moore.

Initially dedicated to IT and software development, a Hackathon is an event which brings together a group to quickly develop new approaches to existing scenarios and new areas for innovation. Hackathons typically start with a presentation that mentions the background and objectives of the event. At the end of Hackathons, there are a series of demonstrations in which each group presents their results. All the great ideas and work-in-progress is captured and shared after the event to generally make it possible for people to share, learn from and possibly build from the ideas generated and initial work completed.

Read about Belinda Moore, her organisation, Strategic Membership Solutions, and her publications HERE

See below for the full programme.

Venues

The Conference Venue is Hotel Realm, one of Canberra’s top 5 star hotels and a great conference venue in the heart of the Parliamentary Triangle.

Thursday nights Conference Dinner will be at the outstanding Pialligo Estate. You can see more about this top rated venue HERE

Registration Rates

Delegate registration price for the Friendlies Conference is $450 which includes the full conference programme, all conference catering and the dinner.

Additional dinner tickets for non-delegates can be purchased for $110.

Accommodation Options

Accommodation is available at the Realm or at one of their nearby sister hotels. Bookings for accommodation will need to be made directly with your preferred venue. Click on the links below for more information and rates.

Hotel Realm

Little National

Burbury Hotel & Apartments

Brassey Hotel

Members Only

The entire Friendlies Conference 2022 is open to AFSPA member organisations only. If you are interested in some of the content but are not an AFSPA member, please contact us via email at claire@afspa.com.au to discuss.

Program Overview

Thursday 8 September 2022

1200Registration Desk Opens / Lunch
1300Conference OpeningLynne McLennan
1305Australian Pharmacy ‘State of the Nation’ 2022Bruce Annabel
1400National Pharmacy Panel
Discussing pharmacy politics, opportunities, scope of practice etc
Pharmacy Guild
PSA
AFSPA
1500Afternoon Break
1530Pharmacy Workforce: Recruitment & Retention
Review of the challenges facing the Pharmacy workforce and discussion about the way forward
Scott Harris, Pharmacy Guild
1630Closing Comments for the DayLynne McLennan
1640AFSPA AGM
AFSPA Member representatives only
1830Conference Dinner – Pialligo Estate

Friday 9 September 2022

0830OpeningLynne McLennan
0835Opening Presentation: A Focus on Purpose
The history of associations and volunteering can be traced to pre-historic times. Humans are naturally inclined to unite to collectively advance causes of common interest. Friendly societies are part of that legacy. In this session we will look at the history and discuss how we can move forward into the future. We will look at the purpose of friendly societies, who they serve, and the role of membership within these organisations.
Belinda Moore
0900Meet Our Conversationalists
In this session, a number of presenters will introduce themselves and give a brief introduction a the topic they will be covering at their table in the session after morning tea. Make sure you note which conversations you would like to join.
Sustainable Business Models: Belinda Moore, Strategic Membership Solutions
Building a Positive Culture: Lucinda Marks, Capital Chemist Calwell
Engaging Members: Belinda Moore, Strategic Membership Solutions
Resolving the Workforce Shortage: Pharmacy Guild
The Importance of Data: Andrew Topp, Capital Chemist
Becoming an Employer of Choice: Elise Apolloni, Capital Chemist Wanniassa
Maintaining Work-Life Balance in Chaotic Times: Kay Dunkley, Pharmacist Support Service
What to Look for When Buying/Selling a Pharmacy: Natalie Sirianni, iAttain
Belinda Moore

Lucinda Marks

Scott Harris

Andrew Topp

Elise Apolloni

Kay Dunkley

Natalie Sirianni
1000Morning Tea
1030Conversations Cafe 1
Choose your session and chat with a small group of your peers, facilitated by an experienced subject matter expert until the buzzer goes and it’s time to join your next session.
11.15Conversations Cafe 2
Choose your session and chat with a small group of your peers, facilitated by an experienced subject matter expert until the buzzer goes and it’s time to join your next session.
1200Conversations Cafe 3
Choose your session and chat with a small group of your peers, facilitated by an experienced subject matter expert until the buzzer goes and it’s time to join your next session.
1230Lunch Break
1330Reflections from the Conversations Cafe
In groups discuss your ideas and learnings you heard during the Café sessions. Pick a spokesperson to share the 2-3 ideas the table voted “most awesome” to share with the rest of the room.
1415What I Wish I’d Known
It’s your opportunity to share a cool project, a demo, a new way to do a task or some other insights of interest to other delegates at your table. This session is a great way to pick up fresh ideas, start interesting conversations, and identify those people who could support you as you implement ideas over the coming months.  Pick a spokesperson to share the 2-3 ideas the table voted “most awesome” to share with the rest of the room.
1500Takeaways – And When I Get Back to the Office…..
Take some time as a group to discuss all the learnings from the conference and put together your list of actions and ideas to try.
1530Conference CloseLynne McLennan
1535Delegate Drinks & Networking