The 10th annual APRU Global Health conference was hosted by the UNSW Australia in Sydney from Sept 28 – Oct 1, 2016.
Close to 200 senior researchers, practitioners, early career researchers and students representing 17 economies and 10 different disciplines participated in the conference.
Participants and delegates were welcomed by Professor Ian Jacobs, UNSW Australia’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr Christopher Tremewan, APRU Secretary General, Professor Jonathan Samet, APRU Global Health Program Chair and Professor Rodney Philips, Dean of UNSW Medicine.
(L-R) Professor Ian Jacobs, Professor Jonathan Samet and Professor Rodney Philips
There were keynote speeches by Professor Charles Gilks, Head of the School of Population Health at the University of Queensland and Dr Take Naseri, the Director-General of the Ministry of Health, Samoa. They spoke about infectious diseases in the Pacific Rim and the health service reform in Samoa respectively. The conference this year also featured invited speakers from Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Ghana, and the United States.
The conference started with a special half-day workshop on workplace wellness and an afternoon reception in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Health Management Program at UNSW.
Over the next two days, delegates were able to attend 10 concurrent panel sessions as well as two poster sessions on topics such as non-communicable diseases, global health governance, maternal and child health, and ageing.