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MEDIA ALERT: The Voice to Parliament, misinformation, and gambling harm on agenda as hundreds of public health experts gather in Hobart

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The Voice to Parliament, misinformation, and gambling harm on agenda as hundreds of public health experts gather in Hobart

Over 350 local and international practitioners, researchers, policy makers and advocates will gather in Hobart next week to discuss Australia’s most pressing public health issues including the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament, health mis- and disinformation, and gambling harm.  

The Australian Public Health Conference, hosted by the Public Health Association of Australia, will be held from 26 – 28 September at the Hotel Grand Chancellor and streamed online.

The 2023 Conference theme is: ‘Investing in a strong, smart and sustainable public health system for the future’.

As Australia moves beyond the pandemic, the conference will focus on the need to continue public health investments - including enacting Australia’s National Preventative Health Strategy, and the Australian Government’s commitment to the Australian Centre for Disease Control. 

As we approach the 14 October Referendum on a Voice to Parliament, the conference will also cover Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and the public health community’s support for the “Yes” campaign, featuring Aunty Pat Anderson AO from the Uluru Dialogue.  

Other topics on the agenda include optimising health communication and combating misinformation, addressing health inequalities, how England is decarbonising their health sector, mental health, climate change and health, and young people. 

Notable keynote speakers include: 

  • Mr Andrew Wilkie MP, Federal Independent Member for Clark
  • Dr Helen Haines MP, Independent Federal Member for Indi
  • Professor Jim Thomas Professor Emeritus, Gillings School Of Global Public Health, University Of North Carolina
  • Professor Alison Venn, Professor Emerita, Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania
  • Dr Alice McGushin, Technical Advisor to the Greener NHS, NHS England

The conference program can be found here.

And the abstract booklet is available online here.

Media are invited to attend and can request a face-to-face or virtual media pass by contacting us on the details below. Recordings will be available for three months following the event. 

You can also request interviews with speakers and conference organisers via the details below: 

Hollie Harwood, Strategic Communications Advisor, Public Health Association of Australia,, 0400 762 010 

Paris Lord, Media and Communications Manager, Public Health Association of Australia,, 0478 587 917

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