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About the Conference

The Preventive Health Conference is an important conference on the public health calendar. Convened by the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA), the Preventive Health Conference is an annual conference aimed at providing a platform to engage, challenge and exchange ideas, where pivotal issues for building prevention in Australia is discussed and where delegates can learn from the experience, opinions and perspectives of sector leaders and their peers.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Public Health Association of Australia have changed the way we deliver our conferences for 2023. Our traditional face-to-face Preventive Health Conference will now be hosted as a hybrid Conference. 

Whilst we are all facing major disruption, PHAA is committed to ensuring there are continued opportunities for professional development and connection within the community. We are embracing a new way of delivering conferences in an interactive online format as well as continuing the face-to-face format, where restrictions allow. 


The 2023 Preventive Health Conference theme is: ‘Prioritising Prevention – Action Now!’

This year’s theme and sub-themes have been designed to equip you to make meaningful changes that will lead to action in preventive health. We hope to learn from previous success and experiences, but also look forward over the horizon to the next opportunities and challenges for public health. We have crafted an agenda with the aim to explore emerging trends and equip us to deal with these. We aim to inspire action across the continuum, whether it be changes to your daily work, research and communication, through to system change and everything in between. It’s time to challenge ourselves and each other, to bring preventive health to the forefront of the policy agenda and we hope this conference will inspire action.

With these and many other issues to consider, we invite you to the Preventive Health Conference 2023.


The Conference objectives are to:

  • Create an environment that promotes collaboration and knowledge sharing and facilitates engagement among delegates to work together to achieve better health outcomes for Australians;

  • Create opportunities to discuss issues of diversity, disability and accessibility, and provide opportunities for all delegates to participate;

  • Provide guidance and insight into ways of capacity building and strengthening of prevention systems; and

  • Provide conference delegates with new and innovative ideas that can be applied to local settings to help create and improve preventive health for local communities.


Our target audience is stakeholders able to effect and/or influence change at the systems and/or practice level including:

  • Researchers and Academics

  • General practice sector

  • Health care professionals engaged in prevention (doctors, nurses, allied health, dentists, pharmacists

  • Commonwealth and state policy staff including Ministers/ministerial staff, and health and social sector department representatives

  • Local government

  • NGO/community and social sector provider and advocacy organisations

  • School Health Promotion workers

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