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Public health experts come together in Cardiff

Public health experts from across Wales and further afield will gather in Cardiff this week for two days of discussion on improving the health of our population.
Wednesday 18 July 2012

‘Together for Public Health’, the Welsh Public Health Conference takes place on Wednesday July 18 in the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, followed by the UK Faculty of Public Health’s conference, ‘Looking to the Future, Building on the Past’ on Thursday July 19.

Speakers on Wednesday include First Minister Carwyn Jones AM, who will deliver a speech on delivering health and wellbeing in Wales. Later on, Professor Peter Elwood will deliver the Cochrane Lecture, on preventative medicine in Cardiff, including a detailed presentation on healthy lifestyles.

Health Minister Lesley Griffiths AM will speak at the UK Faculty’s conference on Thursday, on addressing health inequalities and ensuring that every child gets the best possible start in life.

Lesley Griffiths said:

"I’m delighted to welcome the UK Faculty of Public Health to Wales. There is much to celebrate about public health in Wales. The health of the population is arguably better than it has ever been. We are living longer, healthier lives.

"However, we continue to work to improve health, especially amongst the poorest groups in our communities. I know that two days of learning will contribute to addressing the challenges we all face."

Chief Medical Officer for Wales Dr Tony Jewell said:

"Improving public health involves health professionals, but also action across government. As well as looking at legislation on mental health and the proposed Public Health Bill, we will be looking at how we can make a change to people’s health through housing legislation. Together for Health, the Welsh Government’s 5-year vision for the NHS, focuses on improving health as well as treating illness, and reducing the inequalities in healthy life expectancy.

"Last year, the Lancet described the Welsh Government as taking a lead in public health. This conference will showcase this work, and delegates from elsewhere in the UK and abroad will be able to see for themselves how our efforts are paying off."



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