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Event recap: ANZ’s largest health and aged care procurement conference

Annual Pasa Health & Aged Care Procurement Conference

Last week saw the 9th Annual PASA Health & Aged Care Procurement Conference take place in Sydney, with over 350 people gathering at the Royal Randwick Racecourse for the largest event of its kind in Australia.

The two jam-packed days consisted of 25 speakers, 50 exhibitors and endless opportunities for networking, with this year’s theme of ‘Responsible Procurement’ taking centre stage.

Speakers discussed balancing the resilience of supply with value for money and how to also achieve policy outcomes & goals, using procurement as an instrument of policy to achieve this within the healthcare sector.

ESG issues featured prominently throughout the conference, with delegates discussing how to build responsible procurement approaches within their organisation – balanced with commercial imperatives and assuring supply at the tip of the global supply chain in ANZ. 

The carefully curated program incorporated topics that are at the heart of the challenges health and aged care procurement professionals face today, providing potential solutions and expert insights.

Who was there?

Attendees heard from a number of industry leaders across both days.

Chris Sullivan, global chief supply officer at Ramsay Health Care addressed the audience with a discussion on embracing challenging times, while Stuart Hutcheon, managing partner at Stewart Brown provided a financial analysis of the state of the aged care sector today and a debrief on the federal government’s Aged Care Task Force 2024 report and 23 recommendations.

Mark Schroder, director of supply chain excellence at SA Health delved into the growing role of AI and big data in healthcare, while Dr Stephanie Allen, senior partner of healthcare at Kearney spoke about being ahead of the game with new drugs, particularly Ozempic, which she highlighted as having the potential to reduce health demands and costs like no drug has since statins. 

Delegates also listened to Payal Kapoor, CFO at Anchor Excellence on how responsible procurement can support the challenges in the aged care sector, followed by Greg Mancey, GM at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne on managing the supply side challenge at the hospital level to always assure efficient supply.

Other contributors included Health Service Victoria and NSW Healthshare, plus CSL – one of Australia’s largest health companies – and two of the country’s largest aged care providers; the COO of Uniting Care and the head of procurement for Bolton Clarke.

Pasa Health & Aged Care Procurement Conference

There were also a number of case studies and a Q&A panel that answered the question: what is the biggest challenge in this sector on a day-to-day basis?

Krishna Prashant, procurement technology specialist at VendorPanel shared his conference experience on LinkedIn.

“Just wrapped up at the 9th Annual PASA Health & Aged Care Procurement Conference and what a gathering it was!” he said.

“Many aged care providers I spoke with are focused on supplier performance, contractual obligations, KPI management, sourcing efficiency across tactical and tail spend, and aligning social goals with the supply database.”

Did you miss out? Watch this space for details on PASA’s 10th Health & Aged Care Procurement Conference, coming to you live in June 2025.

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