On behalf of the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA) we are pleased to invite you to the 20th National AHPA Conference to be held at the Cairns Convention Centre from 10-13 April 2011.
The focus of the conference will be on the determinants of health, with a strong emphasis on the social determinants of health along with solutions to strengthen action to address them.

The report of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health demonstrated how social factors directly shape health outcomes and explain health inequities. The report stressed the need to tackle the leading causes of ill-health at their roots, going beyond encouraging individuals to change their behaviour. This is an enormous challenge, and as Professor Tony McMichael from the Australian National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health recently stated, the big task is to promote sustainable environmental and social conditions that bring enduring and equitable health gains.  

The Conference will contribute to this challenge by bringing together people from many disciplines and sectors working in health promotion, population health and related sectors. We will be welcoming a broad and diverse group of attendees: academics, policy makers, government and community representatives involved in, for example, justice, education, urban planning, human and community services as well as students from health, education, environmental and social service related fields.

The Conference Organising Committee is working to produce a program that will broaden understanding, encourage debate and stimulate action on the social determinants of health.

The program will offer a range of formats in which to contribute to the conference including customary oral and poster presentations as well as symposiums and round-table discussions. Organisations and individuals will be invited to submit themed, interactive workshop ideas for the conference program. 

April in tropical Cairns should reflect the beautiful North Queensland weather – beautiful one day, perfect the next! As well as the excellent professional development and networking opportunity is the chance to experience the many pleasures of North Queensland - snorkelling or diving on the Great Barrier Reef, visiting the Daintree Rainforest, taking the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to Kuranda, walking along the esplanade, shopping at the Cairns Night Market or just relaxing at Mission Beach - clearly there is plenty on offer in Cairns.

We look forward to you joining us in Cairns in 2011.


Kirsty Pickering
Conference Convenor & Branch President
Australian Health Promotion Association (QLD Branch)

Suzanne Gleeson
National President
Australian Health Promotion Association