Melbourne has secured the right to host the 15th World Congress on Public Health (WCPH) in 2017, to be held at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), against strong competition from London and Barcelona.

melbourne downtownMinister for Tourism and Major Events, Louise Asher said that the Congress, held every three to four years by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA), is expected to attract over 2000 public health researchers, academics, scientists, educators and policy makers to Melbourne over five days.

“The 2017 Congress holds a special significance as it will coincide with the Federation’s 50th anniversary and it is expected to inject approximately $11.2 million into the state’s economy.

“This comes just a few months after we were notified that Melbourne will be the host city for another esteemed health-related event, the International Hepato-Biliary Pancreatic Association World Congress in 2020,” Ms Asher said.

Chief Executive Officer of the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB), Karen Bolinger, said all bids for the Public Health Congress were reviewed by an anonymous assessment committee with the findings presented to the WFPHA.

“The WFPHA unanimously accepted the committee’s recommendation to host the 2017 Congress in Melbourne, which is evidence of the strength of our bid,” Ms Bolinger said.

Chief Executive of MCEC, Peter King, said, “This win further reiterates Melbourne’s recognition as a hub for major health events and MCEC’s reputation in successfully delivering these international conferences.

“We look forward to working with WFPHA, showcasing our incredible spaces, award-winning food, leading technology, and creating a memorable experience for delegates from around the world.”