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38th Public Health Association of Australia Annual Conference

Reality Check

Inequalities & Health

Tackling the Differentials

23-26 September 2007 - Alice Springs Convention Centre

Mparntwe (Alice Springs)

Northern Territory



Public Health Association of Australia ACT Branch

Public Health Association of Australia SA Branch

Public Health Association of Australia NSW Branch

Public Health Association of Australia TAS Branch

Public Health Association of Australia QLD Branch

Public Health Association of Australia VIC Branch

Conference update

Important conference information

NHMRC Representative for Tuesday 25th PHRAG Breakfast from 7:00 - 8:15 and the Increasing Public Health Research Capacity Workshop from 11:00 - 12:00 will be Prof Cindy Shannon

Tuesday 1:00pm (during Lunch Break) - Publication Launch - Ghan Foyer - NHMRC indiginous Road Map - Cathy Mitchell

Important Conference guideline information

Please note that Day Registrations will be available at the registration desk at the Alice Springs Conference Centre. The Conference Registration Form with registration information is available on the PHAA website.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Special Interest group Workshop

Please be advised that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Special Interest group Workshop is now fully subscribed and we are unable to accept any more bookings

Program at a glance

Program at a glance (PDF)

Registration Form

Registration Form (PDF)

Registration Brochure

Registration Brochure (PDF)

Book Accommodation Accommodation Booking Form (PDF)


Conference Program

The Program will include familiar events:

National and International Guest Speakers will be available in scheduled sessions after keynote presentations for extended (one hour) discussions with all conference participants

Proffered Papers - priority will be given to papers that offer critical or reflective comment rather than purely program descriptive oral papers. Where appropriate, priority will be given to presentations on Indigenous health research where co-presentation with an Indigenous person involved in the research is demonstrated.

Posters - incentives will be offered to conference delegates to extensively view the posters and discuss the work with poster presenters. Prizes will be awarded to poster presenters on the last day of the conference. The prize winner(s) will be notified on the day prior. The judging panel will include members of the Conference Abstract Reviewing Panel.

The judging criteria are:

  1. Population health relevance
  2. Scientific merit (study design & analysis)
  3. Poster presentation.

More emphasis will be placed on the first two criteria.

  • SIG and other workshops
  • Policy Forums
In addition we offer:
  • A dynamic and contemporary cultural program and exchange
  • Interactive workshops
  • Orations

Working dinners will be held on a first come, first in, advanced booking system (at the conference) to dine with available keynote speakers and other invited guests.

Conference Themes

We are looking for the main conference themes to be well represented in abstract submissions. Whilst people submitting abstracts need to be able to interpret their material to fit the audience and the program, abstracts can be submitted under any of the following themes:

Conference theme(s):

  • Indigenous health
  • Primary Health Care
  • Planning, infrastructure and health
  • Social determinants of health
  • Political economy of health
  • Public policies and health outcomes

Other theme(s):

  • Child and maternal health
  • Communicable disease
  • Environmental health
  • Epidemiology
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Health promotion
  • Injury prevention
  • International health
  • Men's health
  • Mental health
  • Older persons' health
  • Oral health
  • Prisoner health
  • Rural/Remote Health
  • Tobacco, alcohol and other drugs
  • Women's health
  • Other (if not included above)


We wish to encourage productive discussion, interaction and networking. This will be achieved through formal oral paper presentations followed by short discussions. Workshops, round table discussions and debates will provide greater levels of interaction between audience and presenter. All presentation rooms will be provided with equipment for electronic presentations. The program will promote informal contact between poster presenters and the audience. In time-slots designated in the program, poster presenters will be invited to attend their poster and be available for consultation

How oral paper sessions will work

  • the duration of the sessions will be 90 minutes
  • papers will be grouped together according to themes
  • presenters will have a total of 15 minutes (10 minutes to present & 5 minutes discussion)
  • the session will have a nominated chair who will enforce time limits to allow for discussion.

Poster session(s)

Where possible posters will be divided into themes. Authors will be invited to be present at their posters for discussion with attendees

Other formats including workshops

  • presenter(s) are to nominate a duration of 30, 45 or 90 minutes
  • in addition to the abstract, describe the format on a separate sheet
  • the presenter(s) would usually conduct the session without assistance, but if you will need assistance, describe it, so that the feasibility of your proposal can be assessed by the conference committee

Format Requirements

All intended presentations require the submission of an abstract.

All abstracts must be submitted electronically in Word or Rich Text Format (windows compatible). All abstracts will be subject to peer review. Priority will be given to papers that offer critical or reflective comment rather than purely program descriptive oral papers.

It is our aim to include presentations that address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health issues integrated within each area of the conference themes. All abstracts that self-identify or are identified by the abstract reviewing panel as being pertinent to Indigenous communities will be provided to abstract reviewers identified by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Special Interest Group for this purpose.

Abstracts that report on, provide information about or are pertinent to Indigenous communities or individuals need agreement of the community to presentation of research information and conclusions and advice from the community that the results of research have been presented to the community. Presenters of Indigenous research are to provide with their abstract an additional paragraph outlining how Indigenous people were involved in the project and how permission was sought. A map or other indication of the location of the community/communities should be included.

The abstract must show the title of the paper (no longer than 12 words) name of the presenter, the presenter's contact details and names of other authors. The abstract should be a maximum of 200 words in simple text paragraphs without tables or sub-headings

State the presenter's full name, title, postal address, phone, fax and email address. If there is more than one presenter, please indicate because all correspondence will be sent to the first presenter nominated in the abstract

List names of other authors. Contact details are not required

Please clearly mark whether it is to be a poster, oral, workshop or 'other format' presentation. For other formats, you will need to provide, on a separate sheet to the abstract, a description of how the session will be conducted, and its duration

Guidelines for preparation of posters will be provided once abstracts have been accepted

All presenters must register and pay the conference registration fee

NOTE: Abstracts submitted for presentation will be published exactly as received and should be checked for spelling and grammar prior to submission. Do not send with 'track changes' active.

Abstracts will be accepted until COB Monday 9th April

Presenters will be notified of acceptance by 31 May 2007. All correspondence will be sent to the first named presenter only

Email abstracts to:

or send to:
PO Box 319
ACT 2605

or by courier to:
20 Napier Close

Information will be posted on the PHAA website as it becomes available

Further information about the conference can be obtained by contacting the PHAA Secretariat via email:
Telephone: +61 (0)2 6285 2373
Fax +61 (0)2 6282 5438

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