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June 2, 2014

Melbourne to Host 2017 World Congress on Public Health

In Australia, Victoria's Minister for Tourism and Major Events Louise Asher and Minister for Health and Ageing David Davis have announced that Melbourne will host the 15th World Congress on Public Health (WCPH) in 2017 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). Top competition for this event came from London and Barcelona.

In a statement, Asher said that the Congress, held every three to four years by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA), is expected to attract over 2000 public health researchers, academics, scientists, educators and policy makers to Melbourne over five days.

“The 2017 Congress holds a special significance as it will coincide with the Federation’s 50th anniversary and it is expected to inject approximately $11.2 million into the state’s economy," she said. “This comes just a few months after we were notified that Melbourne will be the host city for another esteemed health-related event: the International Hepato-Biary Pancreatic Association World Congress 2020.” 

Davis said that securing the Congress was a testament to Victoria’s strengths in its approach to public health. “The Congress will provide a platform for global knowledge exchange on key public health issues such as communicable diseases, immunisation and obesity and will allow us to showcase our world-leading public health programs and research to the world,” Mr Davis said.

Chief Executive Officer of the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) Karen Bolinger, said all bids for the Public Health Congress were reviewed by an anonymous assessment committee with the findings presented to the WFPHA. “The WFPHA unanimously accepted the committee’s recommendation to host the 2017 Congress in Melbourne, which is evidence of the strength of our bid,” Bolinger said.

Bolinger also said that, according to the International Congress and Convention Association, Melbourne had hosted over a third of Australia’s medical/scientific conferences in 2013, and that this success has continued into 2014. “This is yet another health-related conference win for Melbourne, which is proof of the city’s global reputation as a center of excellence in science and medicine," she said in a statement. “Melbourne’s expertise in these fields is a major drawcard for international associations like WFPHA, as they are able to work with our research institutes and universities to create rich content and attract preeminent speakers to ultimately drive delegate attendance.”

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