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ABOUT THE POPULATION HEALTH CONGRESS 2022

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The Population Health Congress brings together Australia and New Zealand’s four leading professional population health organisations: Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA); Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA); Australasian Epidemiological Association (AEA); and the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (AFPHM). 

Held every 3-4 years, the Congress attracts attendees from a range of population health backgrounds. The Congress provides an unparalleled opportunity for members of these organisations and others contributing to or concerned about key population health issues to meet and network across and within organisations in a spirit of collegiality and a focus on impact.

In 2022, the Population Health Congress 2022 will be meeting on the beautiful country of the Kaurna people. We acknowledge and respect the traditional custodians whose ancestral lands we are meeting upon, the Kaurna people. We acknowledge the deep feelings of attachment and relationship of the Kaurna people to their place, and also pay respects to the cultural authority of the other Indigenous peoples visiting, and pay respects to them as the original custodians of their lands and to their ancestors, including visitors from Aotearoa, and Pacific Island Nations

The Congress offers delegates the opportunity to:

  • Update skills and knowledge in the fullest range of fields and disciplines necessary to understand and improve population health;

  • Attend satellite workshops and meetings;

  • Mix with colleagues, sponsors and exhibitors in both a social and professional capacity; and

  • Contribute to the development of Congress objectives.

Congress Theme

 

The 2022 Congress theme is: Towards a just, safe and sustainable future for Australasia.

Now more than ever before: Striving for justice, safety and sustainability.

The Population Health Congress 2022 is more important in this moment than it has ever been. As practitioners and researchers, we are working in unprecedented times. We need to find safe, just, and sustainable solutions to local, regional, and global challenges.

Globally, the COVID-19 pandemic crisis is requiring us to be agile and adaptable because we are dealing with a new and dangerous virus that has taken the lives of millions. Regionally, Pacific Island and Torres Strait Islander communities are calling on governments to commit to genuine solutions to address climate change. Australia has already experienced devastating consequences of climate change, including unprecedented bushfires and prolonged drought. When it comes to Indigenous peoples, they remain the sickest, die much younger and continue to experience unjust social inequalities.

These are some of the “wicked problems” that the Population Health Congress 2022 aims to tackle, as we talk about the global challenges of justice, safety and sustainability. Throughout the Congress we ask our community to reflect on our contributions to these humanitarian, environmental and socioeconomic issues and their health consequences. How do we strive for justice, safety and sustainability in such uncertain times, now more than ever?

We warmly encourage you to lock the date in your diaries to join us in Adelaide or virtually for the Population Health Congress 2022.

Congress Sub Themes

The three-day program is designed to provide lively and productive discussions and contributions from people integral to maximising the health of populations. We invite you to submit abstracts related to practice, policy, research, or evaluation under the following Congress topics.

Justice

Justice is central to the mission of population health. Redistributing power, wealth and resources is key to reducing health inequities within and between countries. Now more than ever we require strong institutions and civic participation to achieve a socially just and healthy population. This theme explores how justice applies to population health and asks, in an unequal society, whose interests are served and whose interests matter in upholding the status quo, what change is necessary and what and who is needed to effect the required change. Justice plays a central role in the outcomes of our individual and collective socioecological circumstances. What are the conditions for a good society? What population health strategies make society fairer and improve conditions in which everyone is able to lead flourishing lives? How we shape society, in health and beyond, is a matter of justice.

Safety

Everyone has a right to feel safe. Enabling physical, mental, social and emotional health and wellbeing, and cultural safety, and striving for a health system free of racism is required to achieve this fundamental human right. Through a series of interlinked sub-themes, this theme explores safety across all domains for individuals and communities, set within environments and health and political systems that purportedly support health for all. There are strong links to justice and sustainability, pre-requisites for safety.

Sustainability

A sustainable human society is environmentally sound, economically adequate, and ethically acceptable. Developing and maintaining an ecologically sustainable social and economic system is a prerequisite for maintaining a safe environment and fair society, reflecting the interconnectedness of the conference themes. The pursuit of sustainability is complex, requiring action across sectors, complemented by political decisions and practical solutions. Technological advancements and the global sustainable development agenda provide opportunities to restore and improve a sustainable health ecosystem, but the landscape is rapidly changing. Population health must keep pace. Our global community faces challenges in balancing social, environmental and economic development with issues raised by climate and environmental change. We are at a tipping point. We understand the critical interconnectedness of planet, population, places and people, and the relevance of Indigenous knowledges, world views and cultural ways of being, knowing and doing. Real action is essential.

Congress Objectives

 

The objectives of Population Health Congress 2022 are as follows:

  • Creating an environment to share knowledge and collaborate, building an ‘Australasian population health community’;

  • Providing face to face and virtual attendance options to enhance accessibility and ensure delegate safety;

  • Recognising and encouraging inter-sectoral action, and fostering and embracing diversity

  • Nurturing emerging researchers and practitioners to develop population health careers;

  • Developing the knowledge base for population health practice including the relevance of Indigenous knowledges in policy, practice and research;

  • Facilitating development of the science of population health across Australasian by sharing information and critiquing evidence, and

  • Providing evidence on good practices by which Australasian progress in planning and implementing population health initiatives can be measured.

Target Audience

The Congress aims to facilitate global, inclusive and diverse conversations about significant issues impeding equitable population health. The target audience for the Population Health Congress is contributors to policy, practice and research and other stakeholders able to effect and/or influence change at the systems and/or practice level including:

  • Public health leaders and those responsible for large teams with big impact

  • Employees of not-for-profit and/or community organisations;

  • Local, State and Federal Government;

  • Universities;

  • Research institutions;

  • Hospitals;

  • Health care services and other health bodies;

  • Student and Early Career Researchers;

  • Individual citizens with interests in population health and representatives from community and advocacy groups; and

  • Public health units/District Health Boards.

Hosts

Public Health Association of Australia

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Adjunct Professor Terry Slevin, Chief Executive Officer

A: PO Box 315 Curtin ACT 2605

T: +61 (0) 2 6285 2373

E: phaa@phaa.net.au 

W: www.phaa.net.au 

The Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) is recognised as the principal non-government organisation for public health in Australia and works to promote the health and well-being of all Australians. The Association seeks better population health outcomes based on prevention, the social determinants of health and equity principles.

PHAA is a national organisation comprising around 1900 individual members and representing over 40 professional groups concerned with the promotion of health at a population level.

For more information please visit: www.phaa.net.au 

Australian Health Promotion Association

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Dr Gemma Crawford, President

A: 38 Surrey Road Keswick SA 5035

T: 1300 857 796

E: members@healthpromotion.org.au 

W: www.healthpromotion.org.au

The Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA©) is an Australian professional association for people interested or involved in health promotion practice, policy, research and study. Our vision is for a healthy, equitable Australia. Our purpose is leadership, advocacy and workforce development for health promotion practice, research, evaluation and policy. We advocate for healthy living, working and recreational environments, improvements in conditions which affect health and participation of communities and groups in decisions that affect health. We facilitate professional development, mentoring, knowledge creation and exchange, networking and leadership opportunities. We advocate for the health promotion workforce and its capacity, training and investment.

 

 

Australasian Epidemiological Association

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Associate Professor Brigid Lynch, President

A: 315 St Kilda Road Melbourne VIC 3004

T: +61 (0) 3 9514 6209

E: president@aea.asn.au

W: www.aea.asn.au

The Australasian Epidemiological Association (AEA) is a professional society dedicated to excellence in epidemiological research, education, training and advocacy in the Australasian region. 

The aims of the AEA are to develop and promote the discipline of epidemiology in Australasia through: promoting excellence and innovation in the practice of epidemiological methods; communication of issues relevant to epidemiologists; advocating for funding, capacity building and policy development; and strategic alliances with related organisations to maintain high standards in teaching and research and to promote the use of evidence in health-related policy making and clinical practice.

Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (AFPHM)

Eva Kosinski, Executive Officer

A: 145 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000

T: +61 (0) 2 8076 6312

E: afphm@racp.edu.au

W: www.racp.edu.au

The Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (AFPHM) is the body of public health medicine specialists working to prevent disease and protect and promote the health of current and future generations of Australians and New Zealanders. AFPHM supports the continuing professional development of over 700 Fellows and delivers a world-class training program for Pulic Health Medicine to trainees across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

Principal Partners

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The Population Health Congress 2022 is proudly supported by Adelaide Convention Bureau, South Australian Government and The Adelaide Convention Centre as Principal Partners of the event.