Melbourne plans to showcase its public health prowess internationally as host of the upcoming World Congress on Public Health 2017 (WCPH).

The Australian city will host the world’s most important international gathering on  public health between 3-7 April at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), following a successful bid supported by the Public Health Association of Australia. More than 2,000 delegates from over 70 countries are expected to exchange knowledge on key public health issues at a national and global level.

While the event itself is expected to inject more than $11.2 million into the local economy, local health practitioners are optimistic of longer-term benefits, including showcasing local talent in the public health sector and highlighting the city’s strengths in the medical field.

Melbourne is home to 10 major medical research institutes, 10 major teaching hospitals and 186 biotechnology companies.

Karen Bolinger, Chief Executive Officer, Melbourne Convention Bureau said: “The WCPH will allow delegates to share and enhance knowledge transfer with local and global leaders about the advancements in public health, its challenges and opportunities and foster new research collaborations.

“Researchers, practitioners, academics, administrators, policy makers, students, stakeholders and visitors attending the congress will experience first-hand why Melbourne is one of the world’s most successful destinations for association health and medical conferences.”

Congress Convenor Helen Keleher, Adjunct Professor of Health Science, Monash University School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine said it’s a privilege to host an event that seeks better population health outcomes for a global community in Melbourne.

“Public health is an all-encompassing field covering health protection, health promotion, prevention of disease and disability and the efforts of a wide number of sectors and portfolios which have an effect on health outcomes. The discussions that take place during the WCPH will have far reaching outcomes that transcend borders.”

Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren added that Melbourne’s medical community was delivering significant value to the visitor economy.

“Events of this calibre put Melbourne and Victoria on a world stage and boost our economy. Business events are the highest yielding sector of the visitor economy – delivering $9.98 billion and 65,000 jobs. Hosting the WCPH allows us to showcase the very best that Victoria has to offer visitors from across the globe, and provides more opportunities for local businesses to increase trade.”

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