The HEAL Network is hosting its annual conference from 14-16 November 2023, building on the strong success of its first two conferences in 2021 and 2022. HEAL 2023, with the theme of ‘Collective Action for Health, Environment and Climate’, will provide a dynamic, inclusive and decentralised platform for diverse research, policy and practice communities within the Network to come together sharing knowledge, evidence and ideas.   Over three days, HEAL 2023 will deliver opportunities to discuss the leading health, climate and environmental challenges we face in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and internationally, as well as how the HEAL Network is contributing to solutions to these challenges through shaping innovative research to support Australia’s first National Health and Climate Strategy, and helping to implement new practices such as more sustainable healthcare and climate-resilient communities.   In line with HEAL’s core commitment to supporting and elevating Australian First Nations leadership, we will be showcasing examples of Indigenous research excellence and highlighting inspiring case studies from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities who are on the frontlines of climate and environmental change. The hybrid conference will be delivered online nationally and internationally, and in-person at eight regional nodes across Australia, providing multiple avenues for delegates to participate and connect with each other.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and knowledge translation for building resilience to environmental change
  • Health system resilience to climate change and sustainability
  • Bushfires, air pollution, heatwaves, and other extreme events, and their impact on physical, mental, and community health
  • Food, soil and water safety and security in a changing environment
  • Biosecurity, COVID-19 and emerging infections in the context of environmental change
  • Urban health, built environment and nature based solutions
  • Rural and remote health and climate-related disasters
  • Clean energy solutions for healthy environments and lives
  • At-risk populations, early life effects and life-course solutions
  • Data and decision support systems for environmental health applications
  • Science communication, citizen science, and risk perception
  • Planetary health equity
  • Climate change and mental wellbeing
  • Environmental change and health in the Asia-Pacific region


Director of the Healthy Environments And Lives (HEAL) National Research Network & Australian National University
Associate Professor
University Centre for Rural Health, The University of Sydney
Associate Professor
Chief Public Health Officer for South Australia
Co-Director of The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre & University of Sydney
Associate Professor
University of Auckland
We acknowledge the HEAL (Healthy Environments And Lives) National Research Network, which receives funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council Special Initiative in Human Health and Environmental Change (Grant No. 2008937).
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