FEMAG, REGNET and Choice conducted a Consumer Action Workshop on Wednesday 25 May at the Australian National University in Canberra. The forum was attended by consumer activists, academics, public officials and business people to discuss consumer laws and policies fit for the market place of 2020. Eight years ago the Productivity Commission expressed the view that almost all economic policies are aimed at improving consumer well-being. Five years ago the Australian Consumer Law commenced operation. This workshop provided a perspective on the extent to which the law and its implementation have improved consumer wellbeing.
The Advertising of Therapeutic Goods and Services (and its Regulation) seminar was held on Thursday 17 March. It was organised and supported by the University of Sydney, Health Law Centre, the Foundation for Effective Markets and Governance in association with the Regulatory Institutions Network, Australian National University, the School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine, Monash University and Choice (the Australian Consumers Organisation). This seminar outlined the current concerns that consumer (and health professional) organisations have with the advertising of therapeutic goods and services and explore ways in which the system(s) might be improved.