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Health Symposium


Decision-making processes relating to issues of health and illness are complex and require the involvement of all stakeholders. It is often the case that decisions have to be taken without being able to predict their consequences with any degree of certainty. This year's Health Symposium will focus on the question "Who Decides Health?"

To which extent do social determinants influence our health? Which priorities do we have to set, and how? Can evidence-based medicine help us to take the right decisions? What are the guidelines for medical research and treatment? How is the legal and political framework defined? How can patients be equipped with health competence? Which role does communication play in the medical field? Participants from different health care fields will have the opportunity to discuss these questions with experts in plenary and breakout sessions.

Health Symposium

show timetable


11:00 - 11:15OpeningPlenary
11:15 - 12:30Fair Society, Healthy LivesPlenary
13:00 - 14:30How Reliable is Evidence in Medicine?Plenary
15:00 - 16:00Indroduction to the Main Topics of the Working GroupsPlenary


AUVA: Austrian Charta of PreventionPartner


03:00 - 06:00Sunrise Hike with Peter HabelerSocial
07:30 - 11:00Working Group 01: Creating Knowledge: Which Freedoms Should Clinical Research Have?Breakout
07:30 - 11:00Working Group 02: Sharing Knowledge: Communication in MedicineBreakout
07:30 - 11:00Working Group 03: Applying Knowledge: Who Is to Take Decisions? Who Is to Set Priorities?Breakout
07:30 - 11:00Working Group 04: Implementing Knowledge: What is the Value of Health?Breakout
11:30 - 13:00BILLA: Who Makes the Decision on Health at the Supermarket?Partner
14:00 - 16:30Reception on the HillSocial
18:00 - 19:30Lüder Wohlenberg “Spontaneous Recovery”Plenary
19:30 - 21:00Student Lounge hosted by PHARMIG – Association of the Austrian Pharmaceutical IndustrySocial


14:30 - 16:00Presentation of the Working Group ResultsPlenary
18:30 - 21:30Reception hosted by PHARMIG – Association of the Austrian Pharmaceutical IndustryPartner


07:00 - 08:30Putting Evidence into Policy Practice – Learning from the BestPlenary
09:00 - 10:30Responsibility for Setting the Agenda for Health Care PolicyPlenary
10:30 - 10:45Closing RemarksPlenary
14:30 - 18:30FOPI: The Future of the Healthcare Reform 2013 – 2018. Requirements for a Successful ImplementationPartner