Local Host Organisation

Public Health Association Australia (PHAA)

The Public Health Association of Australia incorporated (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 1,900 individual members and representing over 40 professional groups concerned with the promotion of health at a population level.

Key roles of the organisation include capacity building, advocacy and the development of policy. Core to our work is an evidence base drawn from a wide range of members working in public health practice, research, administration and related fields who volunteer their time to inform policy, support advocacy and assist in capacity building within the sector. PHAA has been a key proponent of a preventive approach for better population health outcomes championing such policies and providing strong support for the Australian Government and for the Preventative Health Taskforce and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in their efforts to develop and strengthen research and actions in this area across Australia.

In recent years PHAA has further developed its role in advocacy to achieve the best possible health outcomes for the community, both through working with all levels of Government and agencies, and promoting key policies and advocacy goals through the media, public events and other means.

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International Organisation

World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA)

The World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) is an international, non-governmental organisation composed of multidisciplinary national public health associations. WFPHA’s mission is to promote and protect global public health. The WFPHA was established in 1967 in Geneva, with 16 core member associations.

WFPHA is accredited as an NGO in official relations with the World Health Organisation (WHO). WFPHA currently has a total of 47 members from around the world including national public health association members, regional association members representing both Public Health Associations (PHAs) and Schools of Public Health (SPHs).

The 2017 Congress will coincide with the 50th anniversary celebration of WFPHA.

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