The public health community of South Africa will link up at the 11th Public Health Association of South Africa’s (PHASA) conference from 7-9 October 2015 at the Southern Sun, Elangeni Hotel, in Durban.
The conference takes place at a time when the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) are being discussed and agreed upon at the UN General Assembly. Public health practitioners will present research on a number of key public health issues such as non-communicable and communicable disease, the social and cultural determinants of health, as well as environmental and occupational health. In addition there will be sessions on strategies to improve the delivery of community based and primary health care and improve the performance of the health sector.
Researchers will look for synergies in findings from past experience and research and current critical analysis to develop action plans that positively impact on individuals and communities and contribute to the success of global, international and national objectives and lower the burden of disease.
Two eminent public health practitioners will be awarded the PHILA life time achievement award. Both of them leave behind a legacy worthy of emulation by younger aspiring public health professionals.
The Junior Public Health Association of South Africa’s (JuPHASA) student symposium runs parallel to the workshops, and begins conference proceedings by presenting an opportunity to scout for young researchers striving to reach new frontiers, and to access ground breaking research underway in Africa and South Africa.
Conference delegates, media and the public can expect to engage with policy makers, public health academics, students, health professionals, health service managers, as well as individuals from non-governmental and community-based health organisations.
Delegates and speakers can also expect to interact with representatives from political parties such as the African National Congress (ANC), the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Front (EFF) who will participate in a panel discussion on “Solutions to SA’s health challenges.” This debate between politicians, academics and civil society aims to heighten interaction and public participation and is earmarked as an event not to be missed.
Below are some of the conference highlights we have identified. We urge you to consider all parts of the conference as they all appeal to fields outside of those mentioned in the highlights but are equally content rich.
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