17 - 18 October 2019, ICC Newport

Building a healthier Wales

Welsh Public Health Conference 2019




Here in Wales, we’re on the brink of determining new horizons and we’ve set a vision to work together to transform our nation. 


There is now acceptance that this task cannot be undertaken alone – each of us as actors in the wider public health system, must look beyond the boundaries of our own organisations, collaborating to influence the wider determinants, and inviting partners to co-create healthier lives here, and around the globe.


Our focus now is to create some tangible building blocks, practical, evidence based solutions that when pieced together, will transform our nation to build a healthier Wales, and contribute to a healthier global community.


Welsh Public Health Conference 2019 will once again bring together views and voices from across health, education, housing, tech, environment, industry and government.


Over two days, we’ll showcase the latest research, hear examples of what’s working well here and abroad, and open challenging, constructive dialogue about what needs to happen to move from ideas to action.

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Public Health Wales

Vaughan Gething
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Welsh Government

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Laura McAllister
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Cardiff University

Peter Bradley
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Public Health England



​Spotlight sessions provide a deep dive into a particular topic, taking a range of views into consideration. Delivered in a range of formats, Spotlight sessions aim to demonstrate an idea or good practice; stimulate challenging conversation; or build solutions.


This engaging and impactful format combines the power of a ted talk with the fun of a silent disco. One topic or idea is presented in 5 minutes with 5 slides, getting you straight to the point. 


Selecting from one of three challenges, in just 3 hours, you will work on solutions ultimately pitching back to a panel of judges.  “Challenges” will be introduced in the morning plenary by a “challenge owner” who will set the context in a short 2 minute pitch.

Charter for International Health Partnerships

The conference will serve as an opportunity for Health Boards and Trusts to re-commit to the aspirations of the Charter. The spotlight sessions will complement the re-commitment ceremony, firstly, with the launch of the NHS Wales collaboratively developed Charter Implementation Toolkit.



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Life Sciences Hub Wales aims to drive transformational systematic change within the health and care sectors to create a better future for the people of Wales.


Following a rigorous procurement process focussed on sustainability, this year's conference will be at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Newport.


The ICC has bright and versatile healthy spaces, are champions of local food produce and has accessible and inclusive access for all.



Getting to the ICC is easy with a shuttle bus from the train station to the venue.


From the station you can get the shuttle bus to the ICC.


For train times, information and to book tickets visit tfw.gov.wales



Newport Bus, National Express and Megabus all have routes which go to central Newport. 

From there you can get the shuttle bus to the ICC.

Single fare within Newport is £1.80 with a day ticket (unlimited travel for the day) £3.70.

Delegates can discount this by 10% and avoid having to carry cash by ordering a freedom card. The card is free to get and the £5 payment is for the £5 credit pre-loaded to the card.



If you're driving, consider car sharing. Ask colleagues or on the Facebook event to share destinations.


Parking is available on site - a charge will apply. 


We also encourage you to make a donation to a green charity to offset some emissions. 

The parking area includes 20 cycle racks with direct access to the atrium.


Shower facilities are available for cyclists (pre-booked in advance).


There are four National Cycle Network routes in Newport as well as a cycle path linking the city to Cardiff.



Join in the conversation around building on our strengths for a sustainable future as an official sponsor or exhibitor at the Welsh Public Health Conference 2019 – the perfect opportunity to position your organisation alongside dynamic speakers and colleagues with a commitment to improving Wales’ health and future.

If you would like to exhibit or explore partnership opportunities, please contact Allison Pinney Collis, Communications Manager, Welsh Public Health Conference, direct at allison.pinneycollis@wales.nhs.uk

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The International Heath Coordination Centre (IHCC) has a national remit to strengthen governance and support how the NHS in Wales organises its global health activity, aiming to build a healthier, happier and fairer Wales by advancing the way we work both within and beyond our borders. It links together all Health Boards, Trusts and other stakeholders in Wales through the Charter for International Health Partnerships.

The Charter is a unique national commitment, coordinating our approach to international health activity, strengthening global collaboration, research and the sharing of policies and practice to ensure greater sustainability and coherence.


The conference will serve as an opportunity for Health Boards and Trusts to re-commit to the aspirations of the Charter after the first five years of its existence, and to provide an opportunity to bring in new signatories and stakeholders. 

The spotlight sessions will complement the re-commitment ceremony, firstly, with the launch of the NHS Wales collaboratively developed Charter Implementation Toolkit.


The toolkit provides a Welsh-specific perspective and guidance on topics such meeting the World Health Organization Standards on the Donation of Medical Equipment and evidencing knowledge and skills gained in international partnerships through Continued Professional Development.


Secondly, the Health Boards and Trusts will highlight good practice in international partnerships, showcasing how the partnerships have increased knowledge and skills and benefited the health of the Welsh population and partner countries.


Finally, an all-Wales ESR based learning resource for Global Citizenship (tailored to the NHS) will be discussed in a workshop format, providing an opportunity to influence the development process.