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The 33rd Public Health Association of Australia Annual Conference was held in Sydney from the 23-26 September. Titled 2001: A Public Health Odyssey - Popular Culture, Science and Politics, the conference explored the influence of community preferences, scientific evidence and political realities in addressing various health issues, and highlighted the need to properly engage the community and consumers in the development of our health system.
The conference theme has particular relevance to the health of Indigenous Australians, and a number of papers presented at the conference addressed Indigenous health issues in Australia and New Zealand. Other events of relevance to Indigenous health included the Annual General Meeting of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Special Interest Group, and the Gordon Oration by HealthInfoNet Consultant Associate Professor Ian Anderson.
The conference also provided the HealthInfoNet with an opportunity to share its work with public health professionals from around Australia. A mini Internet Cafe, along the lines of those conducted at earlier conferences, introduced conference delegates to the HealthInfoNet's online services and technology, and its role in empowering Indigenous people by providing them with access to relevant, high-quality information and knowledge translation on Indigenous health.
With support from the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA), the HealthInfoNet conducted a small cafe at the PHAA Conference, A Public Health Odyssey: popular culture, science and politics, held in Sydney in September 2001. The cafe provided an opportunity to share the work of the HealthInfoNet with a wide range of public health advocates, including many who work, study or have an interest in the field of Indigenous health.