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WFPHA General Assembly

The 2017 General Assembly of the WFPHA will take place in Melbourne, Australia, during the 15th World Congress on Public Health.

Regional and working groups meetings will also take place during the congress.

Information on the schedule of the General Assembly, Regional and Working Group meetings can be found here.

WFPHA Raffle

During the world congress, WFPHA will lead a raffle to support Global Charter activities. Buy a raffle ticket for AUD$5.00 to help support the WFPHA and you could WIN an Aboriginal Painting (retail value AUD $3000). Two other winners will also be selected from the raffle with attractive prizes to be awarded, and all winners will also have the chance to become Diplomat of the Global Charter.

The more raffle tickets you buy, the greater your chance of winning!

Tickets will be sold for AUD$5.00 each or 5 tickets for AUD$20 at the WFPHA stand during the 15th WCPH and all proceeds will support the WFPHA in bettering the future of Global Health.

Launch of the “Diplomat of the Global Charter”

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During the 15th WCPH, WFPHA will officially launch the campaign for the “Diplomat of the Global Charter” and all health and public health professionals are welcome to apply.

Diplomat of the Global Charter

Public health professionals committed to improving global public health through the implementation of the Global Charter for the Public’s Health are invited to apply for this prestigious role.
The Diplomat of the Global Charter will spread the Charter within his/her country and network, and sustain this global public health revolution within his/her working and living context.

The Diplomat support Charter implementation activities with a fees of : $200 USD/year

We offer to the Diplomat:

  • Diplomat name listed on the WFPHA website Global Charter's Diplomat page
  • Diplomat 100-word bionote once in the WFPHA Facebook page
  • Use of the title "Diplomat of the Global Charter" after his/her signature for the year selected
  • 5% reduction on the entrance fees to the next World Congress on Public Health following subscription to Diplomat

For more information about the 15th World Congress on Public Health and travelling to Australia, please see the tabs below.

About the 15th WCPH

The World Congress on Public Health (WCPH) is held every 3 years by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) and attracts on average 2,000-4,000 delegates.

The Congress serves as an international forum for the exchange of knowledge and experiences on key public health issues, contributing towards protecting and promoting public health at a national and global level.

Objectives

This Congress aims to improve public health by:

  • Engaging diverse voices, ideas, vision and actions of committed professionals and citizens to strengthen and transform the global public health effort and influence decision makers
  • Analysing, demonstrating, and sharing local, regional and global public health lessons particularly gender and discrimination
  • Examining the effective translation of evidence based science into action
  • Articulating and promoting the pivotal role of health in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Supporting and nurturing the next generation of public health leaders
  • Building on the intent of the Kolkata Declaration 2015 and Global Charter for Public Health
  • Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the WFPHA
  • Celebrating World Health Day, 7 April 2017.

Venue Information

Melbourne

Food, wine, sports and arts await you in Melbourne. As the gateway to Victoria's world-class wineries, natural springs, peninsulas, spectacular coastline and alpine villages, Melbourne is the ideal destination for easy access to pre and post Conference touring.

Melbourne has a reputation for its changeable weather and you may experience four seasons in one day. A tip is to be prepared for anything – wear layers that can be worn or removed as needed, and carrying a small umbrella always comes in handy. It will be Autumn in April, so the days will be starting to get shorter and cooler, however a full range of weather may still be experienced.

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

The 15th WCPH will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, located in South Wharf on the banks of the Yarra River.

Address: 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf, Melbourne, Victoria

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How to get to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)

By tram

Catch any of the following trams and get off at the stop opposite the Clarendon Street entrance of MCEC:

  • Route 96 – St Kilda to East Brunswick
  • Route 109 – Port Melbourne to Box Hill
  • Route 12 – Victoria Gardens to St Kilda 

Alternatively catch tram number 48 or 70 and get off at the Flinders Street stop. Then take a short walk towards the Yarra River, across the Seafarers Bridge. For further tram timetable information and trip planning, visit the Victorian Public Transport website here.

By train

Take any train that goes to Southern Cross Station. Get off at Southern Cross Station and catch tram number 96, 109 or 12 as above. For further train timetable information and trip planning, visit the Victorian Public Transport website here.

By bus

The SkyBus transports visitors directly from Melbourne Airport to Southern Cross train station.

Bus route 237 operates from Queen Victoria Market, via Southern Cross Station to Lorimer Street South Wharf from Monday to Friday. Lormier Street is approximately a five minute walk to MCEC. There is also a coach pick up/drop off point at Bay 1, Convention Centre Place (closest to DFO South Wharf).

For further bus timetable information and trip planning, visit the Victorian Public Transport website.

Travelling by car

Driving yourself

Please read the important car parking information at the top of this page.

1. Melbourne Exhibition Centre Parking

Please note: This car park is currently reaching capacity early morning on busy event days.

1060 undercover parking spaces available, managed by Wilson Parking. Entrance and exit off Normanby Road with a height restriction of 2.2 metres. Open 24 hours, seven days a week

Fees (weekdays including public holidays):

0.0 - 1.0 hour $14.00

1.0 - 2.0 hour $28.00

2.0 - 3.0 hour $42.00

3.0 - 4.0 hour $56.00

Lost ticket $56.00

Evening rate

Monday to Thursday: $16.00, entry from 6.00pm and exit before 6.00am the next day. Casual rates will otherwise apply.

Friday: $20.00, entry from 6.00pm and exit before 6.00am the next day. Casual rates will otherwise apply.

Weekend rate

$20.00, per exit, per day. Casual rates will otherwise apply.

Earlybird rate

Monday to Friday: $17.00 entry between 6.00 – 9.00am and exit between 3.00pm - midnight. Casual rates will otherwise apply.

Please note - All MCEC car park patrons will be directed to car park Door 1 during overnight closure (8.00pm – 6.00am), to access the external areas of South Wharf Promenade.

2. Siddeley Street Parking

Please note: We recommend this car park during MCEC expansion works.

Open 24 hours, seven days a week.

Fees:

0.0 - 0.5 hours $6.00

0.5 - 1.0 hours $12.00

1.0 - 2.0 hours $26.00

2.0 - 3.0 hours $38.00

3.0+ hours $50.00

Lost ticket $50.00

Evening rate Monday - Thursday: $12.00, entry after 4.00pm and exit before 6.00am the next day. Casual rates will otherwise apply.

Friday evening, weekend and public holiday rate: $13.00 per exit, per day.

Earlybird rate Monday to Friday: $16.00 entry between 6.00am and 9.00am and exit between 12.00pm - midnight. Casual rates will otherwise apply.

3. Freeway Parking

This is a Wilson Parking car park, located at Munro Street under the Westgate Bridge. You can access this car park via Normanby Road and Munro Street.

Fees (weekdays including public holidays):

0.0 - 1.0 hours $10.00

1.0 - 2.0 hours $20.00

2.0 - 3.0 hours $30.00

3+ hours (max) $40.00

Lost ticket $50.00

Evening flat rate: Monday to Thursday

Enter after 6.00pm / Exit before 6.00am the next day $10.00

Discounted parking rates are available for exhibitors.
Contact Wilson Parking on +61 3 9224 0301 (work hours) for discount rates and conditions.

4. South Wharf Parking

Please note: Current capacity is significantly reduced due to construction works.

Open air car park, managed by Wilson Parking. Entrance off Normanby Road. Open 24 hours, seven days a week.

Fees (weekdays including public holidays):

0.0 - 1.0 hours $10.00

1.0 - 2.0 hours $20.00

2.0 - 3.0 hours $30.00

3+ hours (max) $40.00

Lost ticket $50.00

Evening rate: $10.00 entry after 6.00pm and exit before 6.00am.

5. Munro Street Parking*

This is a Care Park car park, located at Munro Street.

Fees

0.0 - 1.0 hour - $6.00

Daily maximum (Monday to Sunday) - $11.00 for up to 12 hours of parking.

*Please note, on days that there is a public exhibition at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre the flat rate is $12.00 for up to 12 hours of parking.

Catch a taxi

Travelling to the Exhibition Centre?
Ask the taxi driver to drop you off at the Clarendon Street entrance of MCEC.

Travelling to the Convention Centre?
Ask the taxi driver to drop you off at Convention Centre Place, next to the Hilton Melbourne South Wharf and DFO South Wharf.

Accommodation Information

The Congress Secretariat has confirmed rooms at hotels close to the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, the venue for the World Congress on Public Health 2017.

You are encouraged to secure your accommodation through the Congress Secretariat to ensure that you receive the negotiated competitive rates. Accommodation can be booked via the online registration form or by contacting the Congress Secretariat.

WFPHA General Council Members, please note the presidents, some governing council members and international office staff will be staying at the Four Points by Sheraton Docklands Hotel, where the Governing Council meeting will also be held. Please note; no financial help and no discount are in principle permitted (contact us for further details).

Four Points by Sheraton Docklands Hotel

To book the Four Points by Sheraton Docklands Hotel, click here to reserve a room. 

Visa Information

Please check visa requirements and organise your visa well in advance.

All visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia (other than New Zealand passport holders who will normally be granted a Special Category visa on arrival, provided they meet health and character requirements; and permanent residents of Norfolk Island who may be granted a Permanent Resident of Norfolk Island visa on arrival).

If you are planning to visit Australia for a business event such as a conference, trade fair, seminar or expo, you may be able to apply for one of the following visas.

The appropriate visa will depend, amongst other things, on your purpose for visiting Australia.

Visa Options

The passport which you hold determines whether you are eligible to apply online, or need to lodge a paper based application.

Depending on your eligibility, you may be able to apply for one of the following visas:

  • Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (subclass 400)
  • Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) (subclass 601)
  • eVisitor visa (subclass 651)
  • Visitor (Business Stream) visa (subclass 600).

The Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (subclass 400) is the appropriate visa for those intending to undertake one or more of the following roles/activities:

  • People involved in the organisation or delivery of the event
  • Speakers, presenters or delegates who are being paid (including appearance fees) for their participation eg. professional motivational speakers or VIPs paid to attend as delegates
  • A role/activity that would normally be remunerated
  • Independent journalist, correspondent or reporter for an overseas news organisation who will not be taking part in film, television or other productions that will be broadcast in Australia
  • Exhibitors engaged in retail activities (sale of goods or services directly to the general public).

More information is available on the department’s website. See: www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/400-

Note: If you will be taking part in film, television or other productions that will be broadcast in Australia, you should apply for the Temporary Work (Entertainment) visa (subclass 420). See: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/420-

If you are planning to visit Australia to participate in a business event such as a conference, trade fair or seminar or expo, and you are not being paid by an organiser for your participation in the event, you may be eligible for an ETA (subclass 601), eVisitor visa (subclass 651) or Visitor (Business Stream) visa (subclass 600), as long as you:

  • do not work for or provide services to a business or organisation in Australia
  • do not sell goods or services to the public

You may also be eligible for one of these visas if you are undertaking a genuine unpaid volunteer role, but only if an Australian resident would not otherwise be paid to do that type of work (you can be reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses such as meals and accommodation).

See: www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visi/Visi

More information on ETA, eVisitor visa and Visitor (Business Stream) visa is available on the department’s website.

See: www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/601-

See: www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/651-

See: www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/600-

15th WCPH Program

To access the full 15th WCPH Program, please click here.

Tips for travelling to and in Australia

Before travelling to another country, the pre-departure planning always raises lots of questions. See below some frequently asked questions about Australia as answered by a local.

Q: What are you prohibited from bringing into Australia?

A: Australia has very strict customs which prohibit people from bringing in a number of items. Before landing in Australia on your international flight, you will be requested to fill out a declaration form which is required to be completed to pass through customs. On this form you must declare whether you are bringing in any of the prohibited items as you may be checked at customs or picked up by trained sniffer-dogs when passing through. If you haven’t declared an item and it is found in your bags, you could be facing a significant monetary fine. As a general rule, food items such as fruit, vegetables, meat and eggs are strictly not allowed. Any plants, seeds, skins or feathers are also prohibited, with some exceptions e.g leather shoes. Illicit drugs, weapons and fire arms are strictly against the law and cannot be brought into Australia. Certain medications for personal use are subject to controls so it is best to have a letter from your doctor stating what medicine you are taking and for what condition. Read about customs and quarantine here for more details.

Q: Do you need any travel vaccines for Australia?

A: There are no vaccines required before travelling to Australia, with the one exception. If you have come from or have visited a yellow fever infected country within six days of your arrival to Australia, you will need to show proof of yellow fever vaccination. See Australia’s yellow fever fact sheet here for more information, including a list of yellow fever countries.

Q: What kind of electrical plugs are used in Australia?

A: You may need an adapter in order to plug your appliances into the power sockets: the adapter required for Australia is Type 1 Australia plug. The plugs in Australia have two flat metal pins, forming an inverted ‘V’ shape, and occasionally a third pin in the centre. The electrical current in Australia is 220 – 240 volts, AC 50Hz.

Q: Are you expected to tip in Australia?

A: Tipping in Australia is not common, nor is it expected for you to tip for any services. Australian workers are paid relatively well compared to other countries so do not rely on tips for income. A tip to acknowledge excellent service at a high-end restaurant may be more common, however is always at your discretion.

Q: Is tax included in goods and services?

A: Australia has a goods and services tax (GST) of 10% which is always included in the displayed price so there is no need to calculate this in yourself. You may be able to claim a refund for the GST paid on goods if you have spent AUD$300 or more with a single business, no more than 60 days before departing Australia. Tourist Refund Scheme facilities are located in the departure area of international terminals.

Q: Is it easy to get from city to city in Australia?

A: Australia is well connected by roads, public transport and flight routes, however is a very big country. This is something to keep in mind if you are planning on travelling to other main cities before or after the 15th WCPH. If you don’t have much time, it is suggested you fly as this is the quickest form of transport, as transport by road or train can be lengthy. For example, if you would like to go between Sydney and Melbourne by car, it will take you 9-10 hours, however only 1.5 hours by plane.

Q: Is the sun really stronger in Australia?

A: The Australian sun can burn you very quickly as it is much stronger than in other parts of the world. It is strongly suggested you use SPF 50+ sunscreen, which is readily available at pharmacies (chemists in Australia) and supermarkets, cover up where possible, and watch the amount of time you spend in the sun.

Q: What are some common Australian language terms?

A: While the phrase “G’day” (contraction of good day) and “Crikey” (meaning Oh Wow!) are well known Australian words, you are unlikely to hear them very often, especially in the cities. Some more common words or phrases you may hear are:

  1. How’s it going? – “how are you?” or “how is your day?”
  2. Thongs – these are shoes that are known as sandals or flip-flops in other countries
  3. No worries – this is a version of “you’re welcome” or “its ok”
  4. Boot – your taxi driver might offer to put your bags in the boot, this means the trunk of the car
  5. She’ll be right! – “everything will be fine!”, this phrase does not necessarily need to refer to a female
  6. Heaps – “a lot of” e.g there are heaps of people here
  7. Ta – pronounced “tah”, this means “thank you”
  8. Cheers – used when toasting a drink, but can also be used as “thank you”

Australians are fairly casual and relaxed with both people they know and those they have just met. It is also very common to contract or shorten words so you may hear words such as Aussie (Australian), breaky (breakfast), footy (Australian football league or rugby) and mozzies (mosquitoes).

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