We invite abstract submissions for oral presentations, table top and rapid fire at the Preventive Health Conference 2020, convened by the Public Health Association of Australia, to be held in Perth from Wednesday 13 to Friday 15 May 2020.


The 2020 Preventive Health Conference theme is: ‘CAN DO PREVENTION: effective action in a volatile world’.

The theme draws on current developments in preventive health in Australia and beyond.  Nationally the Preventive Health Strategy is under development. In Western Australia the Sustainable Health Review calls for five per cent of total health expenditure to be spent on prevention by 2029, and sets the target for WA to have the highest percentage of population with a healthy weight of all States in Australia within a decade. But this is happening in a world filled with Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity (VUCA).[1] 

As we enter a new decade – which might also be known as the new “Roaring 20s” - we want the evidence of the proven benefits of preventive health efforts to see fruition in influencing policy and practice to benefit the health and well-being of all Australians, particularly those most vulnerable or disadvantaged. 

We must focus on achieving positive outcomes while adhering to core principles of equity, sustainability and health literacy, and giving practical consideration to the social, ecological and commercial determinants of health.  We must build on our communications skills and capacity to influence policy and find means to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which apply as much in Australia as they do world-wide. 

Anxiety about the future is mounting. We need to grasp the realities of the current global and local volatilities and respond with substantive and effective prevention action.




With these and many other issues to consider, we invite you to the Preventive Health Conference 2020.

To download a copy of the Call for Abstracts flyer please click here.

Abstract submissions close on Sunday 17 November 2019 at 11:59pm AEDT
Abstract Submission

We welcome submission of abstracts for presentations relevant to one of the Conference themes.

Priority will be given to presentations that offer critical or reflective comment rather than purely program or descriptive papers.

Papers that have clear public health significance in line  with the Conference theme  will be considered and accepted.

Presentations on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ health are particularly welcome.

All abstracts are to be submitted electronically using the online facility on the Public Health Prevention Conference 2020 website.

Select the Abstract Submission tab and follow the prompts.

It is the submitting author’s responsibility to ensure that the abstract uploaded to the server is the correct version. Online abstract document loading is completed via browsing your selected computer drive. Abstracts submitted for presentation will be published exactly as received and should be checked for spelling and grammar prior to submission.

All presenters must register at the time of confirming their acceptance presentation offer and pay the Conference registration fee.

Conference Topics


The program has been designed to provide lively and productive discussions and contributions from all professionals engaged in Preventive Health. We invite you to submit abstracts under the following session topics:

  • What is and isn’t working in prevention, seeking co-benefits across health and other sectors, building on positives and strengths;

  • Climate resilience and sustainability as key preventive health issues;

  • Who benefits from prevention and who doesn’t, and how can we build stronger partnerships with other sectors?

  • Programs, policies and initiatives which benefit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians (including preventable diseases such as diabetes, trachoma and rheumatic heart disease);

  • Advancement of mental health promotion and prevention of mental illness;

  • Navigating chronic disease futures (including alcohol and other drugs) and evolving unhealthy industry tactics;

  • Building on systems thinking in a volatile and uncertain world; and

  • Communicating effectively the social and economic benefits of prevention to achieve better outcomes.

Conference objectives
  • Create an environment that promotes collaboration and knowledge sharing and facilitates engagement among delegates to work together to achieve better health outcomes for Australians;

  • Create opportunities to discuss issues of diversity, disability and accessibility, and provide opportunities for all delegates to participate;

  • Provide guidance and insight into ways of capacity building and strengthening of prevention systems; and

  • Provide conference delegates with new and innovative ideas that can be applied to local settings to help create and improve preventive health for local communities.

Target audience

Our target audience is stakeholders able to effect and/or influence change at the systems and/or practice level including:

  • Researchers and Academics

  • General practice sector

  • Health care professionals engaged in prevention (doctors, nurses, allied health, dentists, pharmacists

  • Commonwealth and state policy staff including Ministers/ministerial staff, and health and social sector department representatives

  • Local government

  • NGO/community and social sector provider and advocacy organisations

  • School Health Promotion workers

Presentation Type

Long Oral Presentations

Presenters have a total of 15 minutes to present. There will be up to 6 speakers per session. Abstract submitted must have clear learning objectives and outcomes from the presentation.

Please note, places are limited.

Rapid Fire (Short Oral)
There will be a concurrent session for short oral presentations. Presenters have a total of 6 minutes’ presentation time using up to 6 power point slides (including title slide). 

Table Top
Table tops act as a pathway for networking and sharing of information directly with delegates in an interactive setting. Table Tops involve multiple presenters at multiple tables with each presentation made at a round table of up-to 9 participants. Presenters have 10 minutes.Once the 10 minutes is up, music will play and the presenter will move to the next table and repeat their presentation.

Abstract Requirements

  • All intended presentations require the submission of an abstract. All abstracts will be subject to peer review

  • Refer to the online abstract submission form or manual abstract submission form for requirements

  • The abstract title should be no longer than 12 words

  • The abstract should be a maximum of 250 words in simple text paragraphs without images or tables

  • The abstract should include sub-headings in relation to the chosen domain, suggested headings are below:

    • Research: Background, Methods, Results, Conclusion

    • Policy / Practice: Context, Process, Analysis, Outcomes

  • Maximum of 2 presenters per long oral, maximum of 1 presenter for short oral and table tops. All correspondence will be sent to the person whose name and email address is entered with the abstract


Abstract submissions close on Sunday 17 November 2019 at 11:59pm AEDT


Presentation offers will be advised in December 2019.


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