Forums and Workshops

Format of Forums and Workshops


  • PharmBiz proposes to hold the Software Vendor Forums every six months to coincide with any new measures. This would give the opportunity to discuss preparations prior to next new measure or to review the new measure introduced.


  • PharmBiz proposes to run Workshops every six months, for a limited time only. The workshops will help drive the use of PBS XML data while it is relatively new, and assist with the understanding of the changes in quality and structure of data.

  • The Workshops will be very practical aimed at the software developers at attend after they have been provided with test data and worksheets.

  • Participants agreed that a group Workshop would be most useful to be able to have discussions and bounce ideas off each other (rather than a 1 on 1 format).


  • Wednesdays were agreed to be the most accessible day for all.

  • On a general basis the Forums will be scheduled in the:

    The next Forum is tentatively scheduled for 3rd February 2010.

    • 1st quarter (aim for February)

    • 3rd quarter (aim for late July/early August)

  • On a general basis the Workshops will be held in Canberra, and scheduled in the:

    The initial Workshop is tentatively scheduled for 25th November 2009 in Canberra. The topic will be extraction and manipulation of restrictions.

    • 2nd quarter

    • 4th quarter