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 are encouraged to contribute to discussions on the broad range of public health issues and challenges, 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 Australian’s and 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. 

In 2019 the Conference theme will be ‘Celebrating 50 years, poised to meet the challenges of the next 50’. The theme has been established to acknowledge and reflect on the many challenges and success that public health has faced over the last 50 years, as well as acknowledging and celebrating 50 years of PHAA, with the first official gathering of PHAA being held in Adelaide in 1969.

Great public health gains have been made in the past five decades, but efforts must continue. To maximise the benefit of all of these success stories, persistence and vigilance are needed. Continued funding, promotion, enforcement and improvement of policies remains essential. New resourcing of public health initiatives is essential if we are to reduce future national health expenditure (or even merely stem current rates of increase). Public health is also about equity, and is concerned with achieving fair health and wellbeing for everyone, not just those with more resources.

The high priority given to the advancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health will be a cross cutting theme over the entire conference. Proposals to ensure strong input on this theme will be actively encouraged. 

The Conference will have high quality international and national experts presenting various aspects of public health. The conference will provide a forum for sharing a range of evidence, findings and ideas in public health, as well as for making recommendations for the way forward.


The Conference objectives are to:

  • Create an environment for knowledge sharing, collaboration and relationship building;

  • Promote and celebrate public health;

  • To create an understanding of the past, present and future public health issues;

  • Create an inclusive environment with opportunities to discuss issues of diversity, disability and accessibility, and provide an equal opportunity to be part of the program and public health discussion

  • Deliver latest research, program implementations and workforce developments;

  • Showcase new developments in advocacy in public health through keynote speakers;

  • Showcase leadership in public health from established and emerging leaders; and

  • Highlight the activities of the PHAA, including state and territory branches and special interest groups, and encourage delegates to work together to achieve better health outcomes for Australian’s.


The conference will aim to facilitate conversations on improving effectiveness and efficiencies of public health through knowledge sharing and relationship building. The program must consider the needs and interests of the public health audience to ensure attraction and participation to the conference.

The target audience for the conference is people who work for educational institutions, health agencies, associations, organisations, clinical health centres and employed as health administration and promotion officers, educators, planners, researchers, scientists, nurses and including a wide range of allied health professionals working locally, regionally, nationally and globally. Students are also encouraged to attend and submit to present their work at the conference.

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