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Health Symposium

Who Decides Health?


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


13:00 - 13:15OpeningPlenary
13:15 - 14:30Fair Society, Healthy LivesPlenary
15:00 - 16:30How Reliable is Evidence in Medicine?Plenary
17:00 - 18:00Indroduction to the Main Topics of the Working GroupsPlenary


AUVA: Austrian Charta of PreventionPartner


05:00 - 08:00Sunrise Hike with Peter HabelerSocial
09:30 - 13:00Working Group 01: Creating Knowledge: Which Freedoms Should Clinical Research Have?Breakout
09:30 - 13:00Working Group 02: Sharing Knowledge: Communication in MedicineBreakout
09:30 - 13:00Working Group 03: Applying Knowledge: Who Is to Take Decisions? Who Is to Set Priorities?Breakout
09:30 - 13:00Working Group 04: Implementing Knowledge: What is the Value of Health?Breakout
13:30 - 15:00BILLA: Who Makes the Decision on Health at the Supermarket?Partner
16:00 - 18:30Reception on the HillSocial
20:00 - 21:30Lüder Wohlenberg "Spontaneous Recovery"Plenary
21:30 - 23:00Student Lounge hosted by PHARMIG - Association of the Austrian Pharmaceutical IndustrySocial


16:30 - 18:00Presentation of the Working Group ResultsPlenary
20:30 - 23:30Reception hosted by PHARMIG - Association of the Austrian Pharmaceutical IndustryPartner


09:00 - 10:30Putting Evidence into Policy Practice - Learning from the BestPlenary
11:00 - 12:30Responsibility for Setting the Agenda for Health Care PolicyPlenary
12:30 - 12:45Closing RemarksPlenary
16:30 - 20:30FOPI: The Future of the Healthcare Reform 2013 - 2018. Requirements for a Successful ImplementationPartner