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The Preventive Health Conference aims 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.

As such, the 2024 Preventive Health Conference Advisory Committee have been diligently crafting the 2024 conference program to bring you an engaging agenda of esteemed Keynote Speakers, covering a myriad of preventive health issues.


​Please note changes may occur to this draft agenda.

Day 1 - Tuesday

Opening Plenary - 'Collaborating with the community for successful prevention'

  • Welcome to Country by Ms Nicole Brown, Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation

  • Introductory Remarks by Adjunct Professor Terry Slevin, CEO, Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA)

  • Conference Welcome by Professor Marco Briceno, CE, NT Health

  • Opening Address by the Hon. Mark Butler MP, Minister for Health and Aged Care

Keynote Presentations:

  • Mr Rob McPhee, Chief Executive Officer, Danila Dilba Health Service

  • Dr Cadence Kaumoana, Chief Executive Officer, Public Health Association of New Zealand

  • Associate Professor Karla Canuto, Director of Indigenous Leadership, Flinders University

Morning Tea & Exhibition

Workshops 1- 3

  • Workshop 1: Supporting the sustained implementation of chronic disease prevention initiatives in community settings

  • Workshop 2: Strengthening Preventive Health through Evidence-Informed Lawmaking

  • Workshop 3: Beyond relief: Shifting towards food security throughout Australia

Lunch & Exhibition

Plenary Session 2 - ‘From Policy and Practice: Mobilising Communities to promote Nutrition and Physical Activity’

Keynote Presentations:

  • Associate Professor Julie Brimblecombe, Associate Professor Public Health Nutrition, Monash University; co-presented with
    Joan Djamalaka Dhamarrandji, ​Director, & retired senior Aboriginal Health Practitioner, The Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation (ALPA)

  • Alfred Deakin Professor Jo Salmon, Director, IPAN, Institute for Physical Activity & Nutrition (IPAN), Deakin Uni

Afternoon Tea & Exhibition

Concurrent Session 1

  • 1A: Healthy food environments

  • 1B: Prevention in action

  • 1C: Nutrition and oral health

  • 1D: Physical activity and movement 

  • 1E: Community-based initiatives 

Heart Foundation Walk

  • Optional leisurely guided walk before registration opens. See here for more detail.

Day 2 - Wednesday

Workshops 4-6

  • Workshop 4: Pillars for successful public health policy advocacy - lessons and learnings from recent examples to support development of an advocacy strategy 

  • Workshop 5: Embedding physical activity promotion within health care settings – Evidence, Opportunities and Case Studies

  • Workshop 6: Healthy places, Healthy people - Strategies that place human health at the heart urban planning and design

Concurrent Session 2

  • 2A: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

  • 2B: Tabletop - Mixed

  • 2C: Prevention equity

  • 2D: Methodologies, innovation  and co-design

  • 2E: Topical prevention challenges and lessons learnt

Morning Tea & Exhibition

Concurrent Session 3

  • 3A: E-cigarettes and tobacco

  • 3B: Influencing policy and systems

  • 3C: Young people 

  • 3D: Early detection and harm minimisation 

  • 3E: Mental health and wellbeing 

Lunch & Exhibition

Plenary Session 3 - ‘Preventing health impacts of climate change’

Keynote Presentations:

  • Associate Professor Veronica MatthewsUniversity Centre for Rural Health, The University of Sydney

  • Adjunct ProfessoFiona Armstrong, Adjunct Professor, Monash University

  • Professor Tony Capon, Director, Monash University, Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI)

Afternoon Tea & Exhibition

Plenary Session 4 – ‘Tobacco and vaping, and broader lessons for prevention’

‘In conversation with Tackling Indigenous Smoking workers’:

  • Ms Karen Kairupan, Executive Manager, Public Health Section, Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation

  • Mr Garry James, Tackling Indigenous Smoking support worker, Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation

Keynote Presentations:

  • Professor Sarah Durkin, Acting Director, Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer, Cancer Council Victoria

  • Associate Professor Marita Hefler, Tobacco Endgame Research Program Lead, Menzies School of Health Research

Conference Networking Function

  • The dinner will be held on Wednesday 1 May offsite from the conference venue and is an optional function.

  • Tickets will to be made available for purchase after Earlybird Registration ends on 15 March 2024.

Day 3 - Thursday

Workshops 7-9

  • Workshop 7: How do we better address equity when implementing prevention policy and practice? Building prevention success stories

  • Workshop 8: New Australian guideline and risk calculator for assessing and managing cardiovascular disease risk

  • Workshop 9: Engagement with the remote food retail sector to facilitate action to improve health and wellbeing

Concurrent Session 4

  • 4A: E-cigarettes and tobacco

  • 4B: Creating healthy food environments

  • 4C: Young people and school-based strategies

  • 4D: Learning from our success stories

  • 4E: Longer term implementation and planning

Morning Tea & Exhibition

Concurrent Session 5

  • 5A: Prevention in practice 

  • 5B: Conversation Starters - Mixed

  • 5C: Prevention for Equity

  • 5D: Prevention frameworks and methodologies

  • 5E: Reproductive and women's health

Lunch & Exhibition

Plenary Session 5 - 'Reclaiming past prevention successes, and ongoing challenges'

Keynote Presentations:

  • Associate Professor Courtney Ryder, Discipline Lead - Injury Studies, Flinders University

  • Associate Professor Jane FrawleyAssociate Professor, School of Public Health, Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney

  • Mr David Donald, Director, Healthabitat

Afternoon Tea & Exhibition

Douglas Gordon Oration & Closing Plenary

Douglas Gordon Oration

  • Orator: Dr Donna Ah Chee, Chief Executive Officer, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress

Closing Plenary

  • Closing Remarks: Adjunct Professor Terry Slevin, CEO, Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA)

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