About the conference

    • myPHN Conference 2018: Connecting our health care together

      Health no longer sits only within the domain of the health sector—health now crosses industries, professions, systems, and technologies to be everyone’s business. myPHN Conference 2018 is focused on connecting healthcare providers, people, sectors, technology, and innovation to all work together in positively impact on the wellbeing of our communities.

      Conference streams

      Working together to:
      • establish a shared vision for community need

      • improve health systems and technology

      • build workforce capacity and future capability

      • deliver innovation, research, and reform.

      The philosophy and practice of primary health care emphasises a comprehensive service approach which includes curative services, prevention of disease, and promotion of health, community participation, and inter-sectoral collaboration. In contemporary Australia, the scope and determinants of good or poor health outcomes cannot be addressed by the health sector alone. The complexities of the issue are diverse and the solutions are only just beginning to emerge. 

    • Health is affected by more than just the presence or absence of disease, illness, or injury. Health is complex and many of its core attributes are anchored in the social context. myPHN Conference 2018 embraces this diversity and invites a cross-section of service planners and providers to participate in the exploration of connecting health. 

      Across the weekend of 1–2 September 2018, delegates and exhibitors will have access and opportunities to engage with over 40 world-class speakers and industry professionals spanning multiple professions and services.

      Delegates will also enjoy keynote addresses by esteemed speakers such as former Australian 
Prime Minister and beyondblue Chair, the Hon 
Julia Gillard AC, and Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie, Minister for Rural Health, Minister for Sport and Minister for Regional Communications, as well as attending the prestigious third annual NQPHN Health Professional Awards. 

      This year’s myPHN Conference 2018 is not to be missed, and will deliver a program to prepare you for the future state of health care design, development, and provision.




The venue

  • myPHN Conference 2018 is being held at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre (MECC). The MECC is the largest convention and banqueting facility between Cairns and Brisbane. This state-of-the-art, $29 million facility is in the heart of Mackay’s City Centre and is just a short stroll away from a plethora of restaurants and accommodation venues, an award-winning regional art gallery Artspace, shopping centres, a state-of-the-art library complex, and out magnificent blue water Pioneer River. The centre is easily accessible via foot, car, bike, or bus, and approximately 10 minutes via taxi from Mackay Airport.


    Alfred Street, Mackay, Qld 4740

    Postal Address:

    PO Box 1080, Mackay, Qld 4740



About Mackay

  • The Mackay region is delighted to support the myPHN Conference, and warmly welcomes all delegates and speakers.​

    The region offers diverse experiences and an enviable climate, with daily temperatures averaging 18-25°C in September.​

    It’s perfect weather to enjoy a dip at the popular Bluewater Lagoon or one of the region’s 31 beaches, some of which are just a stone’s throw from the City Centre.

    Be swept away in the culture of Mackay’s City Centre, which features one of the best collections of art deco buildings in Queensland.

    Relax and watch the sunset over the blue water Pioneer River, or enjoy a stroll along the 21km award-winning Bluewater Trail, which takes in the region’s natural beauty and features six original and eye-catching pieces of public art.

  • There’s also a vibrant seaside marina with alfresco dining, pristine rainforest hinterland and one of the only places in the world that offers a chance to scuba dive with platypus.​

    The region is fuelled by the mining industry in the Bowen Basin, a resurgence in agribusiness, growth in tourism, and an emerging marine sector.​ It is the largest sugar-producing region in Australia and nearly a third of Queensland’s export goods originate from the Mackay region.

    While you are in Mackay for the conference, we do encourage you to explore the local region, and look forward to making your stay a memorable one.

    For more information on the Mackay region, please visit www.mackayregion.com

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