From clean air and water in developing nations to chronic disease in wealthy nations: World Congress on Public Health explores saving lives by the millions

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

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In Australia, we’re blessed with safe drinking water. We have more to fear from sugary drinks, with chronic diseases, such as obesity and diabetes, now responsible for 85 per cent of deaths worldwide.

And while a smaller proportion of people are dying young from infectious diseases, more people are living long enough to die from cancer—a disease of ageing—instead.

Will we still live as long in the face of new challenges such as climate change? What’s the quality of life we’re experiencing, particularly in our senior years? Why are other countries being left behind? What does the next century in public health hold for humanity?

The Congress provides a unique opportunity to explore these and other challenges, and hear presentations from leading international experts. Keynote speakers and topics include:

  • From tobacco to ‘goon bags’ to sport sponsorship: what’s threatening the health of our young people?—Mike Daube, Curtin University and McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth
  • How we can eliminate HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis B by 2030?—Margaret Hellard, Burnet Institute
  • Jobs and growth, investment and security: public health’s impact in a globalised world—Rüdiger Krech, World Health Organization Can communities help fight obesity, starting with sugary drinks?—Anne Peeters, Deakin University
  • How European health policy helped fight Ebola—Ilona Kickbusch, The Graduate Institute Geneva
  • How international trade agreements, like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, affect our health—Deborah Gleeson, La Trobe University.

If you’d like to attend the conference, media passes are available—contact Ellie Michaelides on to register.

We’ll be tweeting news and interesting content from the Congress from @WCPH2017 using the hashtag #WCPH2017.

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