Hygeia Health Strategies
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Pharmacist, Health Strategist, Consultant, and Director Kos Sclavos AM has been at the forefront of the health industry and the pharmacy profession for nearly two decades, leading major initiatives and using his insight to assist in shaping government policy and implementing integral programs and strategies
Kos Sclavos AM
One of Australia’s Leading Health Professionals
Hygeia Health Strategies’ Kos Sclavos AM has succeeded as a strategic leader, health industry professional and political lobbyist for over two decades. Having implemented numerous cutting edge initiatives, Kos has left a legacy of improved health outcomes in successfully shaping the broader health landscape. Kos consults to the broader pharmaceutical sector.
Kos served as President of the Queensland Branch of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia for nine years before being elected to the role of National President in 2005. He was the seventh and youngest ever National President in the 85-year history of the Pharmacy Guild. Kos stepped down in September 2013. Kos completed a remarkable eight-year term, having been elected to the position on three occasions. He served as National President during a period of unprecedented change and development in the pharmacy sector.
Kos was recruited as a Senior Health Consultant at Sinapse in 2013. Sinapse is an Australian-based management, technology and systems integration company. It is in this role Kos has led the development and implementation of five remunerated professional pharmacy programs in collaboration with pharmaceutical companies. Under the PharmaPrograms banner these programs have been implemented in over 4,300 pharmacies bringing in millions of dollars in additional remuneration to community pharmacies.
In 2015 the Federal Minister for Health appointed Kos to the Pharmaceutical Services Federal Committee of Inquiry.
In the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2017, Kos was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his significant service to the pharmacy profession through a range of retail, advisory and executive roles, to education, and to community health.
Kos continues to serve on the Queensland Branch of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia as Vice-President and is the Chairman of the Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference which provides continuing education to 6,000 delegates each year. Kos is the Convenor of the Guild’s second national conference Pharmacy Connect to be held in Sydney each September.
Kos Sclavos AM, through Hygeia Health Strategies, provides a wide range of consulting services for stakeholders across the pharmacy, pharmaceutical and broader health system, including governments, eHealth and service providers, private health insurers, wholesalers, pharmacy groups and pharmaceutical companies.
Kos assists organisations with developing and executing strategies from start-to-finish, as well as the goals and initiatives that support them.
Kos was responsible for developing and implementing the Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s strategic road map, a status report of Australian Community Pharmacy as well as a practical plan for its future direction. The aptly named ‘road map’ provides a template to implement numerous other ideas in years to come as circumstances change.
Kos’s leadership was paramount to the continued success of the Guild companies – including GuildLink, Fred, Guild Group and Gold Cross – that employ over 700 staff and operate on a combined annual budget of $235 million.
Kos provides insight and assistance with the development of strategies for pharmacy, as well as outlining and developing frameworks and program implementation.
During his time at The Pharmacy Guild of Australia Kos pioneered retail standards in pharmacy with the development of the Quality Care Pharmacy Program, now implemented in 90 per cent of Australia’s community pharmacies. Kos has been the driving force behind many pharmacy initiatives and programs requiring the successful engagement of the pharmacy sector.
Kos liaises with government officials across the federal, state and local political landscape, as well as public servants and advisers at all levels.
Kos has demonstrated his authority as an advocate for pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sector, having maintained the Pharmacy Guild’s longstanding relationships with health decision-makers during his eight-year term.
Kos was responsible for negotiating the price disclosure system in 2007 with then Health Minister Tony Abbott, in addition to the Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement in 2010 with then Health Minister Nicola Roxon. In 2011, The Power Index awarded Kos the title of Australia’s number one lobbyist.
eHealth is transforming the health system. Kos works with organisations to develop sustainable competitive advantage and ensures policy makers are kept aware of each organisation’s role in this changing landscape.
Kos has been the driving force for Pharmacy’s exciting new IT agenda, ensuring technological advancements that have assisted in securing a viable future for the pharmacy industry.
This agenda included world-first initiatives such as Project Stop, a platform so highly regarded that current affairs program Four Corners recommended it be used for effective real-time monitoring of controlled drugs.
Kos was also instrumental in the implementation of the electronic prescription exchange, eRx delivering over three million health records weekly. This led to development of MedView, allowing professionals to peruse all prescribed and dispensed medication history in one location. Now Federal Government owned, it is known as the National Prescription and Dispense Repository.
Kos has led the integration of pharmacy into key elements of the Medication Management Cycle with the implementation of MedsIndex, Mirixa and GuildCare which is now installed in over 3,200 pharmacies across Australia. This includes 5CPA and private programs such as MedsChecks, Clinical Interventions, MedScreen and INR Testing, facilitating optimum patient care.
Kos uses his well-honed communication skills to deliver industry presentations, facilitate workshops and run senior management team education sessions.
Kos is a seasoned professional speaker, having delivered hundreds of public presentations and engaged with a wide range of stakeholders through extension consultation work. He was the first Guild President to be invited to deliver live National Press Club addresses, raising the profile of pharmacy to an unprecedented level.
Over the past few decades, Kos has undertaken countless media interviews, ensuring community pharmacy was at the forefront when health issues arose and solutions were being sought.
Kos continues to deliver keynote addresses at conferences throughout the world including at the Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference, which provides continuing education for 4,500 delegates.