Last updated: 02 May, 2017

Those working to improve the health and wellbeing of communities can learn much from discussions at the 15th World Congress on Public Health, held recently in Melbourne with the theme of Voices, Vision, Action.

The immensity and urgency of public health challenges facing local communities, nations and the world were profiled at the 15th World Congress on Public Health in Melbourne from 3–7 April 2017. 

More than 2500 people from more than 83 countries participated in the Congress. Described as “the world’s most important public health gathering”, it is held every two to four years by the World Federa­tion of Public Health Associations. 

The Congress heard from politicians, policy makers, researchers, advocates, practitioners and community members who shared a wealth of knowledge and expertise, while also making rousing calls to action for the sake of planetary and public health. 

This report gives an overview of some key Congress themes and highlights, in order to share news and resources that may be useful in informing future work and activities.