About the Conference

The Preventive Health Conference is an important conference on the public health calendar. Convened by the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA), the Preventive Health Conference is an annual conference aimed at providing a platform to engage, challenge and exchange ideas, where pivotal issues for building prevention in Australia is discussed and where delegates can learn from the experience, opinions and perspectives of sector leaders and their peers.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Public Health Association of Australia have changed the way we deliver our conferences for 2021. Our traditional face-to-face Preventive Health Conference will now be hosted as a hybrid Conference. 

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


The 2022 Preventive Health Conference theme is: 'Accelerating Action'.

This year’s theme is designed to leave you feeling inspired and equipped to make meaningful changes that will lead to action. Whether this action starts small, such changes to how you work, communicate or network, or bigger, such as leading policy change, identifying critical research or campaigning for change, this conference is designed to give EVERYONE new skills or ideas to take away and implement. In a time that has felt overwhelming and unpredictable for many, it’s time to focus on the things we can do, and need to do now to advance public health. This conference will give you tangible actions that can be implemented at all levels of the public health workforce - from graduate to politician - that will have an impact on the health of Australians.

With these and many other issues to consider, we invite you to the Preventive Health Conference 2022.

For more information about how the conference will run, please click on the FAQ's page.


The Conference objectives are to:

  • Create an environment that promotes collaboration and knowledge sharing and facilitates engagement among delegates to work together to achieve better health outcomes for Australians;

  • Create opportunities to discuss issues of diversity, disability and accessibility, and provide opportunities for all delegates to participate;

  • Provide guidance and insight into ways of capacity building and strengthening of prevention systems; and

  • Provide conference delegates with new and innovative ideas that can be applied to local settings to help create and improve preventive health for local communities.


Our target audience is stakeholders able to effect and/or influence change at the systems and/or practice level including:

  • Researchers and Academics

  • General practice sector

  • Health care professionals engaged in prevention (doctors, nurses, allied health, dentists, pharmacists

  • Commonwealth and state policy staff including Ministers/ministerial staff, and health and social sector department representatives

  • Local government

  • NGO/community and social sector provider and advocacy organisations

  • School Health Promotion workers