APPA is an association of medical directors, medical advisors and medical scientific liaisons working within medical affairs departments of Australian pharmaceutical companies.

APPA members work within the pharmaceutical industry to help bring innovative medicines to Australian patients by supporting the development, licensing, monitoring and marketing of these medicines. They also build relationships with the medical community to promote the Australian pharmaceutical industry and the medical roles within the industry.

APPA has increased its focus on the development of the Medical Science Liaison, Medical Manager/Advisor roles recognising the need for a cohesive and progressive professional society which encompasses Australian Medical Affairs within the Pharmaceutical Industry. APPA is committed to driving Australian Medical Affairs as an evolving profession.
Collectively, our membership base of over 400 represents around 85% of all Australian Medical Affairs professionals – all are committed to driving pharmaceutical medicine forward.


APPA meets at least four times a year to discuss issues facing the industry as well as to network.

Meetings are usually held at the conference facilities of the Macquarie Graduate School of Management in North Ryde, Sydney. Its annual general meeting is held annually in Q4, where the Executive Committee is elected to administer the affairs of the association. After piloting satellite meetings in Victoria in 2018, an APPA Victorian subgroup was established in 2019. The APPA executive are committed to increasing the APPA network by expanding into other states such as QLD in the future.

APPA is aligned with ARCS Australia and Medicines Australia. It is a member association of the International Federation of Associations of Pharmaceutical Physicians (IFAPP). APPA supports the Masters of Pharmaceutical Medicine (MPharmMed) qualification of the University of New South Wales.


Educational Events

Access to Salary Survey

Networking Opportunities