CAPHIA is the peak organisation that represents public health in universities that offer undergraduate and postgraduate programs and research and community service activity in public health throughout Australia. Its purpose is to maintain high quality academic standards in the education and development of public health practitioners and researchers, to lead and represent public health education in the tertiary sector and to be a respected voice and advocate for the development of public health professionals and researchers within Australia.


The Council will be the lead advocacy organisation for tertiary public health education and the promotion of public health research and workforce training and development.


To improve the public’s health by advancing public health education, research and service.


  • Identify and promote national issues impacting on tertiary public health education, research, and service.
  • Promote broader understanding and awareness of the importance of tertiary public health education in providing a quality public health workforce for the future.
  • Improve the profile of public health in the academic context, amongst the health workforce and with relevant professional associations.
  • Facilitate the development of partnerships with key stakeholders including government, not-for-profit, professional and community agencies to strengthen the capacity of tertiary public health education, research and service.
  • Provide a forum to discuss major educational and health changes and policy issues confronting the tertiary public health sector and the development of collaborative strategies to address these.

Activities / Work Program

CAPHIA’s annual activities include a national teaching and learning forum, a national research seminar and other activities as appropriate to enhance teaching and research endeavours amongst academic public health institutions. CAPHIA Responds to Government policies and initiatives in consultation with its member institutions and supported by the Canberra-based Secretariat.  The CAPHIA website includes a list of member institutions and information about CAPHIA activities and related public health news.


Both full membership and affiliated membership is available. Full Membership is open to schools and disciplines of public health in tertiary academic institutions that offer programs, research and community service activity in public health throughout Australia.

Affiliated Membership is open to associations and organisations which support the aims and objectives of the Council and are involved in public health training, but do not qualify for full membership.

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