Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Louise Asher said that the Congress, held every three to four years by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA), is expected to attract over 2,000 public health researchers, academics, scientists, educators and policy makers to Melbourne over five days.
"The 2017 Congress holds a special significance as it will coincide with the Federation's 50th anniversary and it is expected to inject approximately $11.2 million into the state's economy," she said.
Chief executive officer of the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB), Karen Bolinger, said all bids for the Public Health Congress were reviewed by an anonymous assessment committee with the findings presented to the WFPHA.
"Our collaborative approach to this bid, working alongside our local bidding partner - the Public Health Association of Australia Inc (PHAA) - and the state government, was key to our success," she said.
Bolinger added that according to the International Congress and Convention Association, Melbourne had hosted over a third of Australia's medical/scientific conferences in 2013, and that this success has continued into 2014.