World Congress on Public Health
The 15th World Congress on Public Health was held in Melbourne from 3 to 7 April 2017.
All media releases that were issued throughout the Congress can be found on this page, including:
…plus more daily highlights and stakeholder releases below.
The official Twitter account for the Congress is @wcph2017, and the hashtag is #WCPH2017.
For more information on the Congress, visit the website: www.wcph2017.com/index.php.
For more information about media at the Congress, contact:
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The World Congress on Public Health reached a broad local and international audience, through hundreds of stories in mainstream and niche media—from BBC to Buzzfeed. Highlights included over three hours of national radio, and a feature interview with Leigh Sales on 7.30.
• Television interviews with Congress speakers on ABC 7.30, Sky News and ABC News 24’s The World.
• A Fairfax media feature on the influence of celebrity on public health.
• ABC Radio National Life Matters opened the show with Congress guests every day for the full five weekdays of the Congress, with further interviews recorded at the Congress for future broadcast.
World Congress on Public Health points towards safer roads
- Australia has been a leader in road safety policy but we’re still losing more than 1,200 lives on our roads each year
- First year of driving critical for keeping adolescent drivers awake, alert and alive
- Paving the way for autonomous vehicles
- Aboriginal Australians three times more likely to die on roads: can we close the gap?
Road deaths in Australia peaked in 1970, when 3,798 people died. A long-term downwards trend in road deaths means our road toll is now less than a third of that peak figure, but the road toll and the burden of injuries from road accidents remain a public health challenge.
Globally, the road toll has plateaued at 1.25 million per year, but there are still high fatality rates in low income countries and it’s the number one cause of death among people aged 15 to 29 years. [continue reading…]
Media release from the World Federation of Public Health Associations
Monday 10 April 2017
The World Federation of Public Health Associations has formed its first Indigenous Working Group on its 50th Anniversary.
At the 15th World Congress of Public Health Melbourne conference, 40 Indigenous and non-Indigenous conference delegates of the yarning circle unanimously supported in principle the establishment of the World Federation of Public Health Associations Indigenous Working Group.
The Public Health Association of Australia, on Tuesday 4th April 2017, hosted a yarning circle to talk about establishing an Indigenous Working Group. The yarning circle was led by Adrian Te Patu, the inaugural Indigenous representative on the World Federation of Public Health Association (WFPHA) Governing Council.
Once supported by the delegates, the formation of the Indigenous Working Group was accepted by acclimation by the world assembly of Public Health Associations. Under Mr. Te Patu’s leadership, the next steps are to formalise the Indigenous Working Group and develop its vision. [continue reading…]
- On public health
- On chemical weapons
- And a call to Rome in 2020
Today, at the final day of the 15th World Congress on Public Health, delegates from over 83 countries carried by acclamation two Demands for Action.
Demanding that the World’s leaders make the public’s health a priority
- Improving health outcomes for all
- Fighting inequity as the primary driver of poor health
- with political, social, environmental, and economic change across all sectors for better and more sustainable health.
The full text of the Demand is at http://www.wcph2017.com/d/WCPH2017-Melbourne-Demand-for-Action.pdf [continue reading…]
Joint Statement from Anti-Poverty Network SA and Public Health Association of Australia
Info: Anti-Poverty Network SA spokesperson Pas Forgione on 0411 587 663 or at email@example.com.
Public Health Association of Australia CEO Michael Moore on 0417 249 731 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
World Health Day, Friday April 7th, presents a timely opportunity to address the gross inadequacy of Newstart Allowance, which severely impacts the physical and mental health of the 800,000 Australians receiving the payment.
While none of Australia’s welfare payments are generous, it is alarming that Newstart, at $267 per week (roughly $13,800 per year), is over $160 per week (roughly $8,000 per year) below the poverty-line. It has not been raised in real terms since 1994. [continue reading…]
- Pouring water on fast food kids’ meals
- The inside story on Syria and eliminating chemical, nuclear, and bio weapons
- WHO guru on what globalisation means for health security
- Labia Library reveals ‘normal’ and fights genital cosmetic surgery trend
- Providing abortion by telehealth: safe and effective
- Making Melbourne a global health epicentre
- Healthy Parks for public health
- From dental health to MasterChef to Sugar Free Smiles
Thursday 6 April at the 15th World Congress on Public Health in Melbourne
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- Labia Library reveals ‘normal’ and fights genital cosmetic surgery trend
- Women have gained 20 years of life expectancy since 1960 but 1 Australian woman dies each week due to domestic violence—today the WHO reveals the global problem
- A smartphone app puts health advice in women’s pockets
- Economic abuse is a form of domestic violence
- Dead or Deadly: an Aboriginal women’s health that’s working
Women’s health, Thursday 6 April at the 15th World Congress on Public Health in Melbourne
1 in 3 women experiences violence from their partner
More than broken hearts says WHO’s Claudia Garcia-Moreno, head of research on violence against women at the WHO.
Worldwide, almost 1 in 3 women who have been in a relationship have experienced physical or sexual violence at the hands of an intimate partner.
Claudia García-Moreno from the World Health Organization has studied the serious consequences of domestic violence for women’s physical, sexual and reproductive, and mental health—and what can be done to address it. [continue reading…]
Media release from Public Health Association of Australia
6 April 2017
Public health discussion about the built environment often focuses on factors such as walkability, green spaces, liveability and transportation, yet overlooks the fact that most of the world’s population spends the greatest amount of their time in buildings, and that as a result the codes influencing their design, construction, operation and use are key determinants of health.
This issue will be addressed at the 15th World Congress on Public Health 2017, where over 2500 international delegates are gathered to share research, knowledge and ideas about public health, including its social determinants.
“Standards that govern design and construction regularly affect our health, security, safety, accessibility and wellbeing” said James Chauvin, former Director of Policy at the Canadian Public Health Association who sits on the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes. [continue reading…]
- Syria, chemical weapons, and industrial chemicals
- Self-driving cars will save lives
- Best of times, worst of times for Australian adolescents
- Obesity and climate—two linked global crises we’ve created
- Multi-nationals and mozzies—both great at spreading diseases
- Big bad companies blocking life-saving public health policies
More at www.wcph2017.com/media.php and @wcph2017 on Twitter.
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The World Congress on Public Health is on from 3 to 7 April at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Researchers at the World Congress on Public Health in Melbourne available for interview Wednesday, 5 April including
Media Release: Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)
April 5 2017
New research* from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) has revealed more than two thirds of Australians (68 per cent) are concerned about the rise in extremely hot weather and the impact it will have on health and wellbeing.
The topic of climate change and health will feature prominently at the World Congress on Public Health this week, with more than 2,000 health professionals descending on Melbourne for the World Federation of Public Health Associations event.
RACP Faculty of Public Health Medicine President-elect Associate Professor Linda Selvey, who will share the RACP research during her session this afternoon, said it was pleasing that the majority of Australians are united in viewing climate change as a significant health issue. [continue reading…]