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From art to violence: experts meet in Scotland to debate public health

Politicians, scientists and health protection experts will gather at the Crieff Hydro in Perthshire this week at the Faculty of Public Health (FPH)’s Scotland conference to debate how best to protect and improve the health of people in Scotland.

The conference, Heads Up for Public Health, runs from 8-9 November 2012. It will include presentations and debate on a range of subjects including diabetes, art, violence and genetics.

The debate will be lead by experts and commentators, including:

  • Michael Matheson, Minister for Public Health, Scottish Government
  • Muir Gray, Director, Better Value Healthcare Co-Director
  • Harry Campbell, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Edinburgh
  • Gerry Hassan, Writer, Commentator, Policy Analyst and Researcher.

Dr Emilia Crighton, the convenor of FPH in Scotland, said: “We have brought together a range of experts in public health who will help delegates learn from the past and look to the future to better protect and improve everyone’s health in Scotland.

“The line-up of speakers for this year’s FPH conference shows how much good work is being done to tackle the issues that led to Scotland being stereotyped as the sick man of Europe.

“We are calling on everyone who works in public health in Scotland to take stock and then look to see how they can improve their work in the coming year. With issues like childhood obesity and health inequalities to tackle, it’s vital to make sure we are working in the most effective way.”

Notes to Editors

For further comment, interviews and briefings, please contact Liz Skinner, Media and PR Officer, on 020 7935 3115, email , out of office 07773 350833. More details about the conference are available here.

The Faculty of Public Health (FPH) is the standard-setting body for public health in the UK with more than 3,000 specialist public health members. FPH is a registered charity and advocates for better public health in the UK and around the world, by stimulating debate on promoting, protecting and improving the public’s health.

Written: 07/11/2012 , last modified: 08/01/2013