Welcome to the 15th World Congress on Public Health (WCPH2017), welcome to Melbourne and, to our international visitors, welcome to Australia. This is going to be a fabulous Congress in a wonderful place. This Congress presents a rich diversity of plenaries from world leaders, oral papers, panels, workshops and posters showcasing new data and new learning about public heath from all over the world. Public health is continually evolving as new approaches are tested and integrated into practice and policy. WCPH2017 is an excellent opportunity to learn, review and reflect on the continuing challenges of improving health. From the discoveries of clinical epidemiology, learnings about necessary actions from the social determinants of health to the challenges of health promotion and healthy public policy, there are many recent advances that will enrich your understanding of global public health.
The Congress provides more than 130 sessions for you to choose from. Delegates will hear the latest findings and up-to-date reviews of the big issues through plenary lectures and keynote symposia, presented by the world’s leading public health researchers and leaders.
The Congress also includes panels, workshops, poster and storytelling sessions, small group and societal meetings, art exhibits, an extensive range of exhibition booths, the Congress Party at South Wharf and Field Trips to some of Melbourne’s leading research institutions and community based organisations. We will celebrate the 50th birthday of the World Federation of Public Health Associations with special messages from senior representatives of the World Health Organisation.
One of the innovations in this Congress is the use of ePosters, with searchable electronic access to the digital posters. We feel sure you will embrace this new technology and the benefits it offers.
The venue and the program allow for plenty of informal interaction and networking. As well, we encourage you to take the opportunity to enjoy some of Melbourne’s attractions - it’s a great worldly city with a diversity of appealing dining and cultural destinations.
Thank you for attending and participating in WCPH2017. We have put together an inspiring program that you will find stimulating and enriching. I look forward to meeting you and witnessing lots of in-depth discussion and robust debate.
WCPH 2017 Convenor
CEO Public Health Association of Australia, Vice Pres/Pres Elect World Federation of Public Health Associations