We invite abstract submissions for oral presentations, table top and rapid fire at the Public Health Prevention Conference 2019, convened by the Public Health Association of Australia, to be held in Melbourne from Wednesday 12 to Friday 14 June 2019.

The Public Health Prevention Conference is returning in 2019, following the hugely successful first iteration of the Conference in 2018. It was anticipated that the event would attract 100-150 delegates, however exceed expectations with over 300 people attending and the extension of the program to two and a half days.

The 2019 Public Health Prevention Conference will build on the learnings from the 2018 Conference which highlighted gaps in systems and advocacy for prevention. The big theme for the 2019 Conference will focus on the translation of research and evidence about systems into action, drawing on experiences in Australia and in similar contexts internationally.

The 2019 Conference theme is Smashing the Silos’.


Two Conference Sub-Themes will guide the program:

  • Economics of prevention

  • What is working, what needs to be strengthened and what are the biggest gaps in prevention systems?

The Conference will have high quality national experts presenting various aspects of this rapidly moving and exciting era of public health prevention. The conference will have a focus on cross sector, multilevel interventions to build a healthier Australia through prevention.

With these and many other issues to consider, we invite you to the Public Health Prevention Conference 2019.

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

Abstract submissions closed on Sunday 17 February 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 2019 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 Public Health Prevention. We invite you to submit abstracts under the following session topics:

  • Advocacy

  • Capacity building

  • Collaboration

  • Community engagement

  • Health and social outcomes including closing the gap

  • Innovation

  • Prevention in practice

  • Prevention of violence

  • Prevention of avoidable hospitalisations

  • Economics of prevention

  • Strengthening prevention in mental illness

  • Health protection

  • Relationship building

  • Translation of research and evidence about systems into action

  • Embedding research and evidence base into systems

Conference objectives
  • Create an environment for knowledge sharing, collaboration and relationship building;

  • Promote collaboration, knowledge sharing and facilitate engagement by delegates to work together to achieve better health outcomes for Australians;

  • Engage professionals in public health prevention;

  • Provide guidance and insight into capacity building and strengthening prevention; 

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

Presentation Type

Long Oral Presentations

Presenters have a total of 15 minutes to present. There will be up to 6 speakers per session. The session will have a nominated chair.

Abstract submitted must have clear learning objectives and outcomes from the presentation.


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 three power point slides. The session will have a nominated chair.

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 – 5 minutes for presenting and 5 minutes for questions. A bell is rung after 5 minutes, indicating when questions commence.

Once the 10 minutes is up, music will play and the presenter will move to the next table and repeat their presentation.

Table Top Feedback

Public Health Prevention Conference 2018

  • “Loved the table top presentations - great opportunity to network with others and provide feedback and learning to the presenters -- love this idea!! Much more dynamic than the usual conference proceedings.”

  • I particularly enjoyed the table top presentations”

Australian Public Health Conference 2018

  • “I liked the table top presentations as we could ask more questions than you normally could if the presentation was made to an entire room.”

  • “This was my first experience of the Table Top presentations and I found the session informative and interactive.”

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 closed on Sunday 17 February 2019 at 11:59pm AEDT



Presentation offers will be advised in March 2019.


More Information


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