Dear friends and colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to join us at the 9th Singapore Public Health and Occupational Medicine Conference. Building on last year’s conference theme, "Advancing the Health of Populations" which reflects our one-year-old College’s motto ‘Populi Salus Summa’, this year’s theme will focus on "Embracing Challenges in Building Healthy Communities".

More than ever before, we are faced with rapid changes in the climate, population, society and the workplace, and with the ever-present threat of novel infectious diseases. We hope to embrace these challenges and turn threats into opportunities as we create innovative systems, policies, strategies, and technologies to meet the healthcare needs of our communities. This year’s conference will be organised along three symposia tracks:

  1. Environments
  2. Health Systems
  3. Communities

An exciting programme awaits you! A multi-national, multi-sector, and multi-disciplinary panel of speakers will be covering a wide range of topics from the use of novel technologies for surveillance of emerging infectious diseases and healthcare delivery, to the employment of novel strategies for the promotion of mental health and the application of economic incentives to promote health. Three highly-stimulating pre-conference workshops on "Behavioural Economics", "Health Technology Assessment", and "Toolkit for Healthcare Professionals: How to read epidemiology papers" will also be in the offering.

To our Fellows, sponsors, exhibitors and valued attendees from previous Public Health and Occupational Medicine Conferences, I extend a warm welcome back and thank you for your continuing support of the College of Public Health and Occupational Physicians. I would also like to welcome our first-time attendees and look forward to building a strong relationship with you.

I look forward to meeting you at the 9th Singapore Public Health and Occupational Medicine Conference, and hope that the conference will not only provide you with updates on current issues in public health and occupational medicine, but also present opportunities for you to network with colleagues, as we work together to embrace the challenges in building healthy communities.

Dr Angela Chow
9th PHOM Organising Committee