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Winds of change:
towards new ways of improving public health in Europe

Ljubljana, Slovenia
28 November - 1 December 2018


Austria Center Vienna (ACV)


Making health instead of care as the business of healthcare - Enhancing the advocacy role of national public health associations in Europe

Organised by

NPHF - Netherlands Public Health Association, SESPAS - Spanish Association of Public Health and Health Administration and EUPHA


Michael Moore, CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia and President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA)


The sustainability of health care is a very important issue across European countries and beyond. Populations are ageing and increasingly suffering from multiple chronic conditions (multi-morbidity). Moreover, due to antibiotic resistance and climate change, new health problems are emerging or re-emerging.
National governments are puzzling how to address these challenges in a context of exhausting human and financial resources. Reforms are needed, but which ones will succeed is not an easy matter. Increasingly, it is recognized that a more fundamental transition from sickness care towards protection, prevention and health promotion is critical for more sustainable healthcare systems in the future. As a consequence, public health is getting more and more momentum.
However, one key concern is whether national public health associations are able to thrive on this development and succeed in increasing their impact on national healthcare reforms. In other words: are they able to effectively play their advocacy role? In health policy there is no level playing field as traditional cure and care institutions have better access to power and resources. Traditionally, the lion’s share of resources has gone to the powerful secondary and tertiary health care sector with primary health and prevention being underfunded. The voice of public health is not being heard.
The pre-conference workshop will bring several national public health associations together to reflect on these issues. The focus will be on exchanging ideas and experiences on how national public health associations are developing within their respective countries, how they succeed, or not, in influencing communities and governments of the importance of protection, prevention and health promotion in national health reform. Additionally, discussion will be used to enhance and explore ways associations may collaborate in order to improve their advocacy roles.

Keynote speakers

Thomas Plochg (Netherlands Public Health Federation)
Andrea Buron (SESPAS- Spanish Association of Public Health and Health Administration)
Xavier Leus (Belgian Public Health Association)
Anna Sarkadi (Swedish Association of Social Medicine)
Linda Cambon (Société Française de Santé Publique)
Martin McKee (EUPHA, tbc)

Registration fee

The registration fee is € 70 which includes buffet lunch and refreshments.