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 evidence, experience, opinions and perspectives of sector leaders and their peers.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the PHAA have changed the way we deliver our conferences for 2021. Our traditional face to face conferences will now be hosted as hybrid Conferences. 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 permitted.

The 2021 Preventive Health Conference theme is: ‘Facing the new normal for prevention in 2021 and beyond’.

The world has focused on the prevention of a (viral) disease in a way never seen before. In this environment where the importance of disease prevention has become so prominent, how should the world of preventive health respond and evolve? Is this a threat to our work on social and commercial determinants of health and focus on advancing preventable chronic disease or is it our greatest opportunity? Will we see a wholesale review of our entire public and preventive health capacity and investment? How can we leverage off this major focus on health for the prevention of chronic disease? Will the National Preventive Health Strategy deliver meaningful advances in preventive health efforts in Australia? 

For the first time, we are offering a pathway for the communities who participate in the biennial Oceania Tobacco Control Conference and the Behavioural Research in Cancer Control Conference to participate in and contribute to the Preventive Health Conference. Current challenges mean these conferences will not proceed as stand-alone events in 2021. As their content and focus sits neatly within the parameters of this meeting, their delegates will be able to achieve the engagement, exchange and update in these important spheres of preventive health within our program. 

The Conference will have high quality national experts presenting various aspects of this rapidly moving and exciting era of  preventive health. The conference will have a focus on cross sector, multilevel interventions to build a healthier Australia through preventive health.

We hope that you can be a part of this vibrant scientific program showcasing exciting and innovative work in preventive health.

For more information about how the hybrid 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