Call for Abstracts

As we move further into the 21st century, challenges to public health present on a scale and at a pace not seen before; the impacts of climate change, environmental exploitation and economic globalization are observable in issues of food insecurity, patterns of communicable and chronic disease, and growing socio-economic inequalities. However, the challenges are also ideological – the ethos of individualism, materialism and market forces serve to undermine traditional culture and social relations. In combination these fundamental and pervasive changes threaten the Health for All targets set by the World Health Organisation in 2000 (McMichael & Butler, 2006).

The theme for the 2017 Public Health Association conference identifies two features of strategies with potential to resist and mitigate these changes:
• the healthful connections between, to and across the environment, people, places, learning, research/evaluation, decision-making, actions and outcomes; and
• the values that are of central importance in leading people to express concern about social and environmental issues, including those related to the health of communities.

The Conference Committee is seeking abstracts that address either one or both of these features/facets. Successful abstracts will be organized according to their compatibility in the following four conference streams and more specific sub-streams:
• Connection to place & environment (toitu te whenua): making and valuing connections between health and the environment; health protection, health geography, water and other specific environmental issues with importance for/application to human health;
• Connection to people & communities (toitu te tangata): making and valuing connections between people, communities and agencies, organisations and government; health promotion, joined-up working, community advocacy and participation, outreach.
• Connections for knowledge (toitu te maramatanga): making and valuing connections between ideas and outcomes, values and framing, learning/experience and understanding, research/evaluation and practice, research/evaluation and policy, practice and policy; public health and health systems research, health education, public health workforce training and development.
• Connections for wellbeing (toitu te ora): making and valuing connections between and across health 'silos', health dimensions, macro and micro, structure and individual, disciplines and sectors.

It is a pleasure to invite you to join us in Otautahi Christchurch for the 2017 Public Health Association New Zealand Conference, to explore the connections and values of public health as we continue to build a healthier, stronger Aotearoa New Zealand. 

We invite abstracts on the following topics
• Connection to place & environment (toitu te whenua)
• Connection to people & communities (toitu te tangata)
• Connections for knowledge (toitu te maramatanga)
• Connections for wellbeing (toitu te ora)

Delegates may choose to submit abstracts for
• Workshop (90 minutes)
• Workshop (60 minutes)
• Oral presentation (15 minutes)
• Oral presentation (5 minutes)
• Poster

Abstract format
Please submit your abstract as a document file (.doc)
Authors listed: names, positions, work places
Presenting authors' names underlined
Abstract no more than 350 words
References to be listed (not counted in 350 words)
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Registration / Terms and conditions
It is expected all attending authors will register to attend the conference and pay a registration fee (unless they are attending only to present their paper). Presenters will not receive reimbursement for any costs associated with their attendance and agree to the publication of their abstract in conference material.

Important dates
Abstract submission close: Tuesday 2 May
Notification of acceptance: Thursday 25 May
Deadline for early bird registration: Tuesday 1 August

Organising committee
Programme Planning Committee co-Chaired by Annabel Ahuriri-Driscoll (University of Canterbury) and Anna Davidson (Canterbury District Health Board)
For enquiries regarding the programme contact:
For general enquiries contact:

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