The inaugural Precision Public Health (PPH) Asia Symposium was held in October this year. Over 150 delegates from across the globe gathered in Fremantle for the two day interactive conference to discuss the current state and future role of PPH in the Asian region.
“Precision public health is an emerging field that combines science with data to guide the right intervention and treatment of diseases to the right populations,” said organising committee Co-Chair and keynote speaker, Professor David Preen from the School of Population and Global Health.
“PPH has gained significant traction recently but hadn’t expanded into Asia. We identified a need for further collaboration in this region so UWA, in partnership with the WA Department of Health and other organisations, designed and hosted the inaugural event,” Professor Preen said.
The theme was Discover, Share, Identify and Influence where guests heard from a number of prominent international speakers across a range of fields such as public health, technology, policy, research, and medicine. Topics included emerging technologies to target health initiatives at a population level, the need for a collaborative approach to precision health, and the challenges, barriers and solutions to successfully implement PPH.
Some notable speakers included:
- Dr Sania Nishtar: Co-chair, WHO High-Level Independent Commission on Non-communicable Disease
- Prof Makoto Suematsu: President, Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (Japan’s equivalent of the NHMRC)
- Professor Carmencita Padilla: Chancellor, University of the Philippines Manila
- Dr Este Gerahty: Chief Medical Officer and Health Solutions Director, Esri US
- Terry Slevin: CEO, Public Health Association of Australia
- Dr Chris Smith: Naked Scientists Podcasts, ABC Radio National
As a result of the Symposium a roadmap for PPH in the Asia region was developed and a Consortium will be established to drive initiatives going forward.
The next meeting is likely to be held in Singapore in the second half of 2019. Further details are still to come. For more information contact the PPH Asia 2018 Secretariat.