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The Australian Public Health Conference (formally the PHAA Annual Conference) is the flag ship event for PHAA to engage with PHAA members and non-members alike. The Conference was first established in the 1970's and will be celebrating its 45th year in 2018.

The 2018 Australian Public Health Conference will present 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 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 2018, the Australian Public Health Conference will be held at the Pullman Cairns International from Wednesday 26 to Friday 28 September.


The Conference objectives are to:

  • Promote public health;

  • Deliver latest research, program implementations and workforce developments through a Call for Abstracts;

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

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

  • 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; and

  • Adopt conference resolutions that speak for the people attending the conference which may be influential in driving policy developments an advocacy actions undertaken by PHAA.


This conference will showcase research and experience from international and Australian experts, on various aspects of the challenges in public health. 

The Conference will attract approximately 350 - 400 delegates from across Australia and the region. 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 also attend the conference.


Photos used of Cairns on the Australian Public Health Conference 2018 website are courtesy of Tourism North Queensland.