Call for Abstracts - Now Open

The call for abstracts for the hybrid Australian Public Health Conference 2021 will open Thursday 13 May, 2021.

The Australian Public Health Conference (formally the PHAA Annual Conference) is a national conference held by the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) which presents a national and multi-disciplinary perspective on public health issues. PHAA members and non-members are encouraged to contribute to discussions on the broad range of public health issues and challenges, and exchange ideas, knowledge and information on the latest developments in public health.

Through development of public health policies, advocacy, research and training, PHAA seeks better health outcomes for Australian’s and the Conference acts as a pathway for public health professionals to connect and share new and innovative ideas that can be applied to local settings and systems to help create and improve health systems for local communities. 

The 2021 Conference theme is: ‘Supporting and Re-Energising Public Health in a disrupted world’.

The theme responds to the COVID-19 pandemic and climate emergency, impacting on public wellbeing and the public health response. Disruptions have been widespread, from health systems, to the economy, travel, migration and supply chains. Global attention of Public Health may have never been higher. The current situation poses great challenges to Public Health, but also great opportunities to do things differently, as seen by rapid changes in healthcare delivery, digital health technology and vaccine design. There may be opportunities to re-imagine and re-energise public health in ways that improve equity, health outcomes, efficiency, resourcing and innovation. If 2020 was a tipping point, 2021 will be the beginning of the new world.

Each of the conference topics represent either an important element of the current crisis (Planetary and Climate Health) or important considerations for solutions (Health Communication and Public Health Action); and, high priority given to the advancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health will be a theme across the entire conference. 

How will Public Health respond to crises in a disrupted world? How can we mitigate the widening inequities precipitated by pandemics? How will we use scientific evidence to influence government for better wellbeing of our communities? How can we harness health communication in responsive, effective and adaptable ways? These and other issues will be the subject of this year’s Australian Public Health Conference, at which a range of national and international experts will share wisdom with Australia’s public health community.

Conference Topics

The program has been designed to provide lively and productive discussions and contributions from all professionals engaged in public health. We invite you to submit abstracts related to research, policy or practice under the following conference topics:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

  • Planetary and Climate Health

  • Health Communication

  • Public Health Action



Abstract submissions are asked to consider the below sub themes in relation to ONE of the Conference Topic listed above and their relation to public health implications.

  • Improving responses to health issues from alcohol and other drugs;

  • Public health workforce and training;

  • Social and Commercial determinants of health;

  • Screening in public health;

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tobacco control;

  • The importance of culturally safe and safe environment, including racism, culture, religion, gender, sex and sexuality;

  • Challenges, failures and successes in public health;

  • Planetary health and environmental determinants of health, including disaster (all hazards) and community resilience;

  • Strategic health communication and promotion;

  • Prevention, protection and intervention: action and investment;

  • Social epidemiology and social determinants of health: action and investment;

  • Health equity: Principals of diversity and human rights, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, and socio-economic status;


We are asking abstract submitters to express interest in your preferred presentation method. Please note, this cannot be guaranteed (select ONE):

•              Face-to-face presentation and recording of presentation

By selecting to present at the face-to-face conference in Canberra, speakers must be willing to present at the venue (restrictions permitting) and provide a pre-recorded video of their presentation.

•              Virtual only presentation (recording of presentation)

By selecting a virtual only presentation, speakers must be willing to provide a pre-recorded video of their presentation.

Presentation Types

Long Oral
Presenters will pre-record their presentation, capped at 10 minutes each. Presentations will be uploaded to the virtual Conference site for participants to view on-demand. Due to the volume of Long Oral presentations, Q&A sessions will not be available. 

Short Oral (Rapid Fire)
Presenters will pre-record their presentation, capped at 6 minutes each. Presentations must contain no more than 4 PowerPoint slides (
1. context and aim 2. methods and analysis/research findings 3. translational outcomes 4. future actions). Presentations will be uploaded to the virtual Conference site for participants to view on-demand. Due to the volume of Rapid Fire presentations, Q&A sessions will not be available. 

e-Poster Presentations
e-Posters will be PDF files uploaded to the virtual conference site for participants to view for the duration of the virtual Conference. These are limited to one (1) page per poster. Time will be allocated during the Conference program for e-poster presenters to answer some questions.

Abstract Requirements click to view

Abstract submission close on Sunday 13 June 2021

Please note: All presenters must register at the time of confirming their acceptance of the offer to present and pay the conference registration fee.


Workshop Expressions of Interest - Opening Soon

There will be limited opportunities to host a workshop as part of the Australian Public Health Conference 2021. Expressions of interest will be considered for the program where they align with the conference objectives and topics.

More information to come soon.