This year’s Public Health Association Conference will take place in beautiful Dunedin 7-9 September 2015, with opening activities taking place on the 6th.

Public Health Association Conference 400 x 500

Public Health Association Conference theme and speakers

The overarching theme of the conference is “Public Health is everybody’s business”. Meaning that only by working together across society can we achieve much more than the sum of our individual efforts. The aim is for the Conference to provide a window on what’s currently happening across Aotearoa to improving the health of all New Zealanders, and then to help us all think about how better to work together. It will also focus on the future of public health. Who will be our leaders and how should we organise ourselves to meet future challenges? The themes for this year’s conference include:

  • Commerce and public health
  • Civic action for a civil society
  • The economics of well being
  • Strategies for tackling obesity
  • Big data – a new epidemiology?
  • The future of public health


Some great and interesting speakers are already lined up, including a number of keynotes you may not have heard from before. A few of the confirmed speakers include:

  • Professor Paul Dalziel, Professor of Economics at Lincoln University and Deputy Director of its Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit
  • Shamubeel Eaqub, Economist, Independent Consultant
  • Mr Mark Smith, Consultant General Surgeon at Southland Hospital and member of Ora Taiao, the NZ Climate and Health Council
  • Jonathan Dodd, Research Director, Ipsos NZ
  • Brett Tomkins, Chair, Sustainable Business Council
  • Dr Rachael McLean, Department of Human Nutrition, University of Otago

A number of social events are planned including the opening pōwhiri, a conference dinner, a walking tour of Dunedin’s amazing street art, and maybe even a film festival. The Conference will be central to your professional development, but will also provide a wonderful opportunity to share your experiences on an informal level and to network with like-minded colleagues.

Find out more and register

Full registrations close 20 August. Find out more about the Conference and register at Keep your eye on the website too. We’ll be updating it as developments occur.


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