Call for abstracts are now closed for the Australian Public Health Conference 2019.

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.​

Abstract submissions closed on Sunday 19 May, at 11:59pm AEST.

Abstract Submission

We welcome submission of abstracts for presentations relevant to the conference themes.

Priority will be given to presentations that offer critical or reflective comment rather than purely program or descriptive papers.

Papers that have clear public health care significance will be considered and accepted in association with the Conference theme and outcomes of the presentation.

Priority will be given to presentations that offer critical or reflective comment rather than purely program or descriptive papers. Papers will be accepted and considered in two domains:

  • Research

       Background, Methods, Results, Conclusion

  • Policy / Practice
    Clear context, process, analysis, outcomes

We encourage presentations on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ health to be presented or co-presented with an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person. We also encourage abstracts submitted to note if authors identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

Presenters of research focusing on particular Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are to provide with their abstract an additional paragraph outlining whether the relevant community/ies have provided permission to publicise the research findings.

All abstracts are to be submitted electronically using the abstract submission portal link below. 

Select the Abstract Submission tab and follow the prompts. 

It is the submitting author’s responsibility to ensure that the abstract uploaded to the server is the correct version.

Online abstract document loading is completed via browsing your selected computer drive. Abstracts submitted for presentation will be published exactly as received and should be checked for spelling and grammar prior to submission. Do not submit a version with ‘track changes’ active.

All presenters must register at the time of confirming their acceptance presentation offer and pay the conference registration fee.

Abstract Presentation Awards


The abstract presentation awards have been created to highlight the great work presented at the Australian Public Health Conference and recognise the contribution presenters have to the program and public health sector.

The Conference Advisory Committee will appoint reviewers for the Australian Public Health Conference to review the abstract presentations and mark them against set criteria. The winners of the awards for each category will be announced at the conference dinner on Thursday 19 September 2019.


  • Public Health Research Award

  • Advocacy & Leadership Award

  • Capacity Building Award

  • Early Career/Young Professional Award

  • First Time Presenter Award

  • Best Poster Award

For more information on the abstract presentation awards, please click here.

Conference Topics

The program has been designed to provide lively and productive discussions and contributions from all professionals engaged in public health. We invite you to submit abstracts related to research, policy or practice under the following conference topics:

  • Social

  • Economic

  • Environmental



Abstracts submissions are asked to consider the below sub themes in relation to one of the Conference Topic listed above and their relation to public health implications.

  • Planetary health, including disaster (all hazards) and community resilience,

  • Community interventions

  • Leadership and politics

  • Investment in health and prevention

  • Contemporary health initiatives

  • Regional and rural health issues

  • Challenges and failures in public health

  • Social and environmental determinants of health

  • Prevention, protection, promotion

  • Obesogenic environments

  • Commercial determinants of health, including private health insurance issues

  • Principals of diversity and human rights, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, racism; culture; religion and spirituality; gender and sexuality; physical and mental (dis)ability; socio-economic status; and ageing.

  • Celebrating public health successes

Presentation Types

Oral Presentations


Long Oral
Presenters will have a total of 15 minutes (10 minutes to present & 5 minutes’ discussion). There will be 6 speakers per session. The session will have a nominated chair.


Short Oral
There will be a concurrent session for short oral presentations. Presenters will have a total of six minutes’, (5 minutes presentation and 1 minute for a question), using up to 3 power point slides, 1. Beginning (background) > 2. middle (body) > 3. end (summary) and be prepared to answer one question briefly at the conclusion of each talk. 
The session will have a nominated chair.


Table Top
Table tops act as a pathway for networking and sharing of information directly with delegates in an interactive setting. Table Tops involve multiple presenters, with each presenter at a round table of up-to 9 participants. Each presentation has been allocated 10 minutes – 5 minutes for presenting and 5 minutes for questions. A bell will be rung at 5 minutes indicating questions should commence.

Once your 10 minutes is up, music will start playing and you will need to move to the next table number then repeat your presentation. If you are located on the final table number, please ensure you move to Table 1.

As each table will only be allocated 1 reserved sign for each speaker, we can only accept one speaker per table.


Poster Presentations
Designated periods will be allocated in the program when presenters will attend their posters to take questions and discuss their work.


Abstract Requirements


  • All intended presentations require the submission of an abstract. All abstracts will be subject to peer review.

  • Refer to the online abstract submission form or manual submission form for requirements.

  • The abstract title should be no longer than 12 words.

  • The abstract should be a maximum of 250 words in simple text paragraphs without images or tables.

  • The abstract should include sub-headings in relation to the chosen domain, suggested headings are below:
    Research: Background, Methods, Results, Conclusion
    Policy / Practice: Context, Process, Analysis, Outcomes

  • Short Oral presentations should use the following sub headings: Background, Body, Summary.

  • A maximum of two (2) abstracts may be submitted per presenting author

  • Identify 2-3 learning objectives significant to the presentation.

  • If there is more than one presenter (long oral presentations only),  all correspondence will be sent to the person whose name and email address is entered first with the abstract.

  • When abstract presentation offers are sent out, authors need to be accepted the offer to present. If no response is received within the specified timeframe, another abstract can be offered in its place.

Abstract submissions closed on Sunday 19 May 2019, at 11:59pm AEST

Please note: All presenters must register at the time of confirming their acceptance of the offer to present and pay the conference registration fee.

Workshop Expressions of Interest


There will be limited opportunities to host a workshop as part of the Australian Public Health Conference 2019. Workshops will be held during concurrent sessions in the conference program and run for 90 minutes each. Expressions of interest will be considered for the program where they align with the conference objectives and topics.

Please note, workshops accepted to be part of the Australian Public Health Conference 2019 program, will be supplied with a room and basic audio visual equipment pre-set for the Conference. Any additional requirements or travel to present the workshop is at your own expense.


All presenters must register at the time of confirming their acceptance presentation offer and pay the conference registration fee.

Submissions close Sunday 19 May 2019, at 11:59pm AEST.

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