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700 experts gather in Brisbane to discuss future pandemics, climate change and health, immunisation, and disease control

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Public Health Association of Australia

11 June 2024

The latest research into fields like preventing future pandemics, how climate change harms human health, and progress of the Australian Centre for Disease Control will be discussed at a major conference starting in Brisbane today.

More than 700 people will attend the three-day Communicable Diseases and Immunisation Conference, convened by the Communicable Diseases Network Australia, Public Health Association of Australia, and the Public Health Laboratory Network.

Highlights include a debate featuring former South Australian Premier, the Hon. Steven Marshall, and experts who will argue whether scientists or politicians should declare a public health emergency. In separate orations, Prof Peter McIntyre from University of Otago will explore the waning of vaccine-acquired immunity, while Prof Martyn Kirk from the Australian National University will explain the art and science of outbreak investigation to protect communities.

Media are invited to attend in person, or via virtual passes from

The program includes sessions on climate change and health, First Nations excellence in infectious disease control, and wildlife health and future pandemics.


What: Communicable Diseases and Immunisation Conference

Who: Public Health Association of Australia

Where: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (Great Hall)

When: 9am Tuesday 11 June to 5pm Thursday 13 June



For further information/comment:

Paris Lord (he/him), PHAA Communications & Media Manager, 0478 587 917,  



About the Public Health Association of Australia
We’re Australia's peak body for public health and advocate for the health and wellbeing of everyone. We strive to help prevent, rather than cure, illness and disease.

Our campaigns and activities span numerous public health issues from environmental health, immunisation and pandemic control, through to tobacco, gambling, physical activity, junk food marketing, preventive mental health, health education, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

Learn more at

Contact details:

Paris Lord (he/him), PHAA Communications & Media Manager, 0478 587 917,  


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