Australia's National Medicines Policy and National Strategy for Quality Use of Medicines both enshrine partnership with the pharmaceutical industry. One of the many manifestations of this is a conference next week that is being jointly sponsored by Medicines Australia (the peak industry body) and the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.

The 2008 Second Joint Medicines Policy Conference, The Future of Medicines Policy in Australia, will be held in Canberra on November 25 and 26. There will be a major focus on health technology assessment, which includes evaluation of prescribed drugs.