The International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research South Africa Chapter (ISPOR SA) is hosting a conference and associated technical short courses to increase skills capacity in Health Technology Assessment (HTA).

The courses will take place on 17th and 18th September 2016 followed directly by the 2016 ISPOR SA Conference from the 19th to 20th of September at the Midrand Protea Hotel in Johannesburg.

The 2016 ISPOR SA Conference aims to highlight developments in HTA and health economics on a local and international level, including health reforms proposed for South Africa.

“In pharmacoeconomics and HTA, South Africa is barely out of the starting blocks in terms of developing skills and implementing formal processes. We are therefore focussing our efforts on capacity building, as well as pharmacoeconomic guidelines which, although they are legislated, don’t have a proper implementation framework,” said Director of ISPOR SA, Shelley McGee.

The conference will offer an array of panel discussions, including capacity building, and provide a platform for attendees to discuss pharmacoeconomic guidelines, problems with legislative processes and other relevant issues with the aim of effecting improvements.

“The focus will be on effecting informed decision-making and the technical development of skills necessary to conduct and appraise HTAs for medicines and other health technologies,” said McGee.

Members of the pricing committee within the Department of Health (DoH) who are driving pharmacoeconomic guidelines are expected to attend, as well as industry leaders and key decision makers from the funding sector. World Health Organisation (WHO) representatives will also attend to discuss HTA from an international perspective.

The optional short courses include Health Economic Modelling Introduction, which will take an introductory look at the principles and practice of decision analysis; Health Economic Modelling Intermediate, which will provide a more in depth look at modelling techniques and their application; Introduction to Outcomes Research, which will cover the basics of what are health outcomes and how they are used to measure effectiveness; and Budget Impact Analysis, where participants will be taken through the aspects to be considered in the design of a budget impact analysis.

“We are confident that, with the assistance of partners in academia and the consulting environment, our technical short courses will prove invaluable in developing technical skills capacity in this country,” said McGee.

More information about the courses can be found here and conference here. You can also email for additional information.

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