Director's Note

It’s time to reflect on the year that’s been – to celebrate accomplishments, draw from challenges faced, and to move forward with a clear vision and plan. The COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, harmful commodities, NCDs and mental health issues have dominated our work.  Advocacy is essential to speak truth to power, evoking action to address these complex issues and inequities.

PHAI is offering online (and live) professional development opportunities to strengthen advocacy skills – our signature Public Health Advocacy Short Course; the Parliamentary Inquiry Workshop; and the inaugural 2021 Public Health Advocacy Symposium: Confronting Health Inequities.

The speakers are impressive and we are offering discounts (for students, concession card holders, and members of our partner organisations) to make these events accessible.

It’s also time to acknowledge and celebrate local governments who have worked tirelessly to tackle emerging public health priorities within their communities through the PHAI’s Local Government Policy Awards.

Today's Tea Break

We invite you to take a break, and read the article - Does Australia need a Centre for Disease Control? A perennial question now needing an answer. A highly debated topic reignited by the COVID-19 pandemic and predictions of future pandemics.
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Our News & Events

Professional development opportunities
The PHAI team have developed a range of exciting professional development opportunities to be held in December. 

These events are all online with live feeds:
  • The Public Health Advocacy Short Course: 29 November- 2 December 2021 (includes Presenting to Parliamentary Inquiries, and the 2021 Symposium).
  • Presenting to Parliamentary Inquiries: 2 December 2021
  • 2021 Public Health Advocacy Symposium: Confronting Health Inequities: 3 December 2021
We have an impressive line-up of public health leaders and advocates, who will inspire and equip you with knowledge and skills in advocacy. 

For more information and to register, click here.
Local Government Policy Awards
The Local Government Policy Awards is an event to mark in your diaries! This year the Awards will be held in the picturesque Fraser's Kings Park, and will include morning tea and special guest speakers.

We look forward to celebrating the important role our local governments play in the health and wellbeing of children and youth in our communities.

If you are interested in attending, please email the PHAI Awards team.
The #endingtrachoma team has been busy delivering two workshops to environmental & public health professionals as well as Housing Officers on identifying disease risk factors in houses to reduce disease transmission. The 3 day workshops were held in Geraldton, Kalgoorlie and Newman.

Public Health Sector Updates

Amplify Health Promotion Voices in the Twitterverse

The Australian Health Promotion Association is hosting a session on the effective use of Twitter with presenter Kristy Schirmer, Zockmelon Health Promotion and Social Media Consulting. The session will upskill participants in the use of Twitter and is designed for health promotion professionals with all different levels of knowledge and confidence in using this social media platform.

When: Tues 16 November 2021
Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm AWST
Where: Online
Cost: Free for AHPA members, $15 for non-members

Registration closes Friday 12 November. For more information and to register click here.
Preventative Health Conference 2022
The Preventive Health Conference 2022, convened by the Public Health Association of Australia, aims to provide a platform to engage, challenge and exchange ideas for building prevention in Australia and where delegates can learn from the experience, opinions and perspectives of sector leaders and their peers.

The 2022 Preventive Health Conference theme is: ‘Accelerating Action’ - a theme designed to leave you feeling inspired and equipped to make meaningful changes that will lead to action.

When: 11 - 13 May 2022
Where: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, QLD

The convention will be held in a hybrid format; offering both face-to-face and online formats. 

For more details, please visit the conference website.

Public Health News and Research

Australian COVID-19 policy responses. A health equity report card
A report aimed to assess the policy response of Australian Federal and State/Territory Governments’ COVID-19 through a health equity lens.
Knee-deep in the climate crisis: putting health at the heart of COP26
Tuvalu’s Foreign Minister Simon Kofe has made global headlines for a speech he has filmed to be delivered to COP26  – the United Nations Climate Conference – in Glasgow, where he is standing knee-deep in seawater to show how his low-lying Pacific island nation is on the front line of climate change.
Recruiting more mental health workers won’t stop suicides. Preventing child abuse and neglect will
Two major reports on mental health and suicide released this week suggest two very different solutions to preventing suicides.
Advocating for public health initiatives?
Here are some tips that may assist with your advocating efforts:
  • Write a letter to your local politicians
  • Meet with your local politician
  • Write to a media outlet or editor of a local paper
  • Write to a blog
  • Tweet or share on social media
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