About Us

Welcome to PHASA 2023

The Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA) hosts an annual conference, with the aim of engaging public health practitioners from around the country, region and world to share their experiences and research, discuss topical public health issues, and mentor public health students and young researchers.

This year’s theme: ‘Transforming research translation- reimagining public health evidence, policies, and practice’

Public health practitioners, programmes, and systems work to create more effective and sustainable solutions to public health challenges, based on the best available evidence and focusing on equity, social justice, and community engagement. Recent experiences, including during the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighted the need for a fundamental shift in how research evidence is generated and translated into public health policies and practice. This calls for new and innovative approaches to bridge the gap between research and action, and highlights the importance of partnerships between researchers, policymakers, and communities.

The 2023 PHASA Conference provides an opportune setting for engaging with the most recent public health research and evidence, for rethinking current models of research translation, for identifying barriers and opportunities for change, and for exploring new strategies for knowledge exchange and dissemination.

Join fellow public health experts, academics, researchers, students, non-governmental organisations, and civil society members at this year’s annual PHASA Conference; as we transform the ways we think about and approach priority areas of public health research, policy, and practice, to ultimately improve health outcomes for all.

Who should Attend

Public health professionals, researchers, policy-makers, academics, students, trainees, and anyone interested in public health, research translation, and advocating for a healthier world!

Important Dates

Abstract submissions will open: 20 April – 12 June 2023
Organized Sessions: 20 April – 12 June 2023
Skills Building Workshops: 20 April – 12 June 2023

Review of abstracts: 12 – 20 June 2023  
Draft programme/Notification of abstract acceptance: 3 – 14 July 2023 (Delegates would need to confirm their acceptance)

Early registration will open on 20 April 2023 - 20 July 2023 
Late registration: 21 July – 26 Aug 2023