Australian Public Health Conference

  • 23 Sep 2021 - 24 Sep 2021
  • 9:00 - 18:00
  • From $499
  • Hybrid Conference - Canberra & Online

Australian Public Health Conference 2021

Join us for a Hybrid Conference

We have moved to hybrid for 2021!

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) have changed the way they deliver their conferences for 2021. Their traditional face to face conferences will now be hosted as a hybrid Conference.

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

By registering as a face-to-face delegate to attend their conference in Canberra, you will be able to view live keynote and concurrent session presentations. You will be able to visit the exhibition booths located in the catering hall. You will also be able to attend the networking functions and interact with delegates face-to-face. In addition to the face-to-face benefits, you will also have access to all of the virtual conference content and functions listed below.

By registering as a virtual attendee, you will have access to live keynote presentations, and pre-recorded long oral and rapid fire presentations. Interaction will be encouraged through Q&A sessions and our virtual exhibition hall. You will also be able to connect with other delegates in the virtual networking sessions and via one on one meetings and other chat functions.

The 2021 Conference theme is: ‘Supporting and Re-Energising Public Health in a disrupted world’.

The theme responds to the COVID-19 pandemic and climate emergency, impacting on public wellbeing and the public health response. Disruptions have been widespread, from health systems, to the economy, travel, migration and supply chains. Global attention of Public Health may have never been higher. The current situation poses great challenges to Public Health, but also great opportunities to do things differently, as seen by rapid changes in healthcare delivery, digital health technology and vaccine design. There may be opportunities to re-imagine and re-energise public health in ways that improve equity, health outcomes, efficiency, resourcing and innovation. If 2020 was a tipping point, 2021 will be the beginning of the new world.

Each of the conference topics represent either an important element of the current crisis (Planetary and Climate Health) or important considerations for solutions (Health Communication and Public Health Action); and, high priority given to the advancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health will be a theme across the entire conference.

How will Public Health respond to crises in a disrupted world? How can we mitigate the widening inequities precipitated by pandemics? How will we use scientific evidence to influence government for better wellbeing of our communities? How can we harness health communication in responsive, effective and adaptable ways? 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.


  • Create a safe 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 and culturally safe 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 Australians.