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Australian Public Health Conference 2020

October 19, 2020 @ 8:00 am - October 30, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

About the Conference

The Australian Public Health Conference 2020, convened by the Public Health Association of Australia, will be held online as a virtual Conference from Monday 19 to Friday 30 October 2020.

The Australian Public Health Conference (formally the PHAA Annual Conference) is a national conference held by the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) which presents a national and multi-disciplinary perspective on public health issues. PHAA members and non-members can contribute to discussions on the broad range of public health issues and exchange ideas, knowledge and information on the latest developments in public health.

Through development of public health policies, advocacy, research and training, PHAA seeks better health outcomes for Australians. The Conference acts as a pathway for public health professionals to connect and share new and innovative ideas that can be applied to local settings and systems to help create and improve health systems for local communities.

The theme for the virtual Australian Public Health Conference 2020 is: ‘Public Health action: Response to bushfires, climate and coronavirus’.

The theme responds to a series of realities which, in different ways, are ‘crises’ impacting on public wellbeing. The public health sector has much to contribute to developing responses to these crises which are measured, effective and socially equitable, and are based on evidence and scientific thinking. Each of our conference’s three headline crises represents serious public and community challenges. They bring risks of lost wellbeing, illness, and even death. They damage our environment, disrupt our economy and diminish social equity creating a significant impact on physical and mental health. “2020” now feels like a tipping point into a new world. One of the dominant societal reactions is anxiety, felt individually and collectively, and this anxiety itself emerges as a public health issue.

What will be the public health response to these events? How do we influence government and private decisions for the better wellbeing of our community? How do we marshal scientific evidence to build persuasive cases? How do we communicate public health messages quickly and effectively? These and other issues will be the subject of this year’s Australian Public Health Conference, at which a range of national and international experts will share wisdom with Australia’s public health community.

With these and many other issues to consider, we invite you to the virtual Australian Public Health Conference 2020.


October 19, 2020 @ 8:00 am
October 30, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
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