08-09.11.18, City Hall, Cardiff



Welsh Public Health Conference 2018



What is the public health conference? 

Each year, the Welsh Public Health Conference drives conversations across the spectrum of public health disciplines. Last year’s event encompassed culture, patient involvement, sustainability and partnership thinking.

Building on those rich conversations, ideas and thinking, our 2018 gathering will approach a range of public health topics with the common theme of sustainability. We will focus on concepts of health and wellbeing beyond healthcare, including healthy environment, healthy society, healthy economy and healthy community.

In a festival atmosphere, delegates can network, discuss and share solutions. We’ll build on the formats we experimented with last year, taking the experience another step forward.



Wales’s place on the global health stage, and sustainability, will both be major themes of this year’s conference.  Day one will start by plunging delegates straight into these conversations, with opening addresses focusing on Welsh Government’s future vision for Wales, and on how member states of the World Health Organization are taking on the challenge of sustainability.  After breakout sessions in various innovative formats focusing on topics across the spectrum of public health disciplines, Wales meets world in a series of talks challenging us to consider how we will respond to the global challenges ahead.

On day two, we will look more closely at Wales in the context of our day one discussions, and consider what a healthy Wales might look like in 50 years’ time, and how we get there.  Brexit cannot be ignored and will also form the basis of conversations on day two.




A healthy society is about more than just preventing injuries and reducing the death toll from disease.


The relationship between health and the economy should not be underestimated.  Investment in health and wellbeing is essential – it drives sustainable and equitable economic growth and prosperity for all.


Maintaining a healthy and sustainable natural and built environment is central to increasing quality of life and years of healthy life.


A healthy culture is one that embraces the diversity of our society, and enables everyone in it to lead healthier lives now and for generations to come.



Cardiff City Hall stands in what has been acclaimed as one of the finest civic centres in Europe.  The clock tower is perhaps the most distinctive architectural feature of the Edwardian building, and is a well-loved Cardiff landmark.

The choice of venue for this year’s conference supports our theme of sustainability.  The central position of City Hall puts it within easy walking distance of three train stations and various bus routes, and there is a nextbike cycle hire station directly outside the building.  This year the conference offer a healthy vegan and vegetarian lunch which has been sustainably sourced.



Cardiff is an easily accessible city, with so many ways to travel here coming to the conference couldn’t be more easy. We have strong transport links via rail and road, not to mention our own as a compacted city is very easy to get around on foot, by bike or using public transport.


Cardiff is very flat and easily negotiated by bike. You’ll find plenty of bike racks around the city centre and cycle paths like the Taff Trail provide traffic-free routes.



Cardiff Central Bus Station is closed until 2020. The main bus station is temporarily located at Sophia Gardens a short walk (approx. 10mins) from City Hall.


National Express has some good services to Cardiff, but check for services provided by other lines.


There are also Megabus routes into Cardiff from London, Swansea, Birmingham Airport, Manchester and Newcastle.  The Megabus stops at Kingsway, just opposite the Hilton Hotel, a few minutes walk from City Hall.



Cardiff’s Next Bike scheme offers on-street bicycle hire. By signing up to the free app you can benefit from free membership and cycle hire for £1 for up to 30 minutes per trip.

Don't forget to return your bike to an official docking station or you could incur a fine.



Cardiff is easily accessible via the M4 motorway and the A470, which runs through the north of the city. Visit Google Maps to work out your driving route



Cardiff's central train and Queen Street station is a short walk from City Hall.


Cardiff Central is one of the UK’s major railway stations and welcomes almost 12 million to the Welsh capital each year.


For train times, information and to book tickets visit  www.arrivatrains.wales



Parking is available in the City’s Civic Centre avenues surrounding City Hall on a pay and display basis.


Alternatively, parking is available in the NCP Car Parks situated around Cardiff. The closest to City Hall and within walking distance are:


Cardiff Greyfriars, Greyfriars NCP, Greyfriars Road, Cardiff CF10 3AD

Cardiff Dumfries Place, Dumfries Place NCP, Quay Street, Cardiff CF10 3FN



Are you keen to raise your profile and join in the conversation around building on our strengths for a sustainable future?  Becoming an official sponsor or exhibitor of the Welsh Public Health Conference 2018 offers the perfect opportunity to position your organisation alongside dynamic speakers and colleagues with a commitment to improving the population’s health.

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