Each year, we offer a specialist one-day symposia providing updates on the latest research, best clinical practice.

Details of upcoming symposia are listed below.

Enhancing Treatment Adherence

The key to preventing disability and achieving better health outcomes

Treatment adherence.

Poor adherence to treatment advice is a problem of striking magnitude, directly affecting patient morbidity and mortality, patient safety, the global burden of disease, health care costs, and health system effectiveness. Studies consistently find that effective adherence interventions have a far greater impact on the health of the population than any specific medical treatment for chronic illnesses. This one-day conference brings together a multidisciplinary group of international experts on adherence to share the latest evidence-based adherence interventions.

Health professionals, health systems, and the media all play a role in shaping the adherence behaviour of people with chronic illnesses. This symposium will cover all these aspects and provide participants with practical solutions for this common problem.

Who is this for?

Multidisciplinary researchers, clinicians, policy-makers, health care providers who have an interest in patient adherence as a vehicle for improving treatment outcomes.

Key Features

  • Internationally renowned experts will be presenting their latest work on obstacles to treatment adherence and ways of improving treatment adherence
  • A certificate of completion of 7 hours of CPD is offered to conference participants
  • Panel discussion with all speakers, providing conference participants with an opportunity to raise questions and engage in critical discussion of their work
  • Social hour included in the schedule to facilitate networking opportunities for clinicians and researchers


  • Create opportunities for the initiation of interdisciplinary research collaborations and international research partnerships
  • Provide health care professionals with an opportunity to discuss complex cases with experts and peers
  • Facilitate professional networking among health professionals and researchers with similar interests and goals

Keynote Speakers

Kristin Riekert.

Kristin Riekert, PhD.
Associate Professor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Director of Cystic Fibrosis Adherence Program and Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Adherence Research Center

Dr. Riekert is Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on several NIH and foundation sponsored intervention trials focused on improving self-management and health outcomes in chronic illnesses.

Leslie Martin.

Leslie Martin, PhD.
Professor of Psychology, La Sierra University

Dr. Martin has dedicated 20 years of research to understanding the role of clinician-patient communication in patient outcomes, including adherence. Dr. Martin has authored seminal books on this topic, including Health Behavior Change and Treatment Adherence: Evidence-based Guidelines for Improving Healthcare.


Session 1. Understanding the scope of the problem
of non-adherence and obstacles to adherence

A/Prof Parisa Aslani
Faculty of Pharmacy
The University of Sydney

The costs of non-adherence and the benefits of treatment adherence

Dr Claire Ashton-James
Pain Management Research Institute
The University of Sydney

Methods of assessing adherence: What is the state of the art?

Prof Michael Nicholas
Pain Management Research Institute
The University of Sydney

Obstacles to treatment adherence

Session 2. New perspectives on the management of treatment adherence

Prof Louise Sharpe
Department of Psychology
The University of Sydney

Evaluating the benefits of motivational interviewing for adherence

Prof Rachelle Buchbinder
Department of Clinical Epidemiology
Monash University

Improving clinician adherence to treatment guidelines through mass media campaigns

Dr Juliet Foster
Woolcock Institute of Medical Research

Internet and mobile technology for promoting medication adherence

Session 3. Evidence-based interventions

Prof Leslie Martin
Department of Psychology
La Sierra University, California

Clinical communication as a tool for improving adherence

A/Prof Kristin Riekert
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University

Implementing adherence interventions in clinical practice

Social Hour - Professional networking and informal discussion with drinks and canapes

Note: Curriculum and speakers subject to final confirmation

Symposium Date

Date: Friday 1 July 2016
Time: 9:00am - 6:00pm

Please aim to arrive for registration by 8:30am. Presentations will commence promptly at 9:00am.


Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium, Building D17
Johns Hopkins Drive (off Missenden Road)
The University of Sydney, Camperdown NSW 2006

Map: Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium

Credit for Continuing Professional Development

Certificate of completion for 7 hours CPD will be provided to conference participants who register their attendance as CPD activity.


Registration cost is AUD$297 (incl. GST), and includes:

  • Attendance of all 8 expert presentations
  • Attendance at the post-conference social networking event
  • Breakfast refreshments, morning tea, lunch, and social hour drinks and canapés

A discounted registration fee of AUD$165 (incl. GST) is available to a limited number of students enrolled in Medical, Health Sciences or Allied Health programs at Australian tertiary institutions (student number required) and University of Sydney staff (staff number required).

Payment Methods

You are welcome to register and pay by credit card (Mastercard or Visa) here.

Alternatively, you can request to be invoiced by emailing paineducation.admin@sydney.edu.au.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

Cancellations on or before Friday 17 June 2016 receive a 90% refund of the registration fee (i.e. less 10% administrative fee). There will be no refunds after this date.