Better dementia policies in Europe

Demographic change has moved up the agenda in European health policy making, and there it is likely to stay as Europe’s population grows older. If one single disease area is a manifestation of this phenomenon, it is dementia. A health focus of last year’s Luxembourg presidency and the lead of this week’s Netherlands presidency event “Living well with(out) Dementia”, this syndrome is set to remain a priority at the European Council for the years to come.

This blog was written by Helmut Brand, President of the EHFG, and first published on New Europe.


How will Europe’s health services cope with the refugee crisis?

Mass migration causes serious challenges, but fears that it will overwhelm European health systems are unfounded: we can and must adapt now, writes Helmut Brand.

As politicians in Brussels and European capitals attempt to agree a coordinated EU strategy to cope with the continued influx of refugees into Europe, concerns are being raised that refugees will overwhelm Europe’s health systems. While there is much to be concerned about, and medical support is needed in the refugee camps and at border crossings, fears that health systems won’t be able to cope once the refugees have arrived in their host countries are unfounded.

This blog was first published on and is available in English, French, German.


Programme Announcement EHFG 2016

Demographic change and increased diversity are redefining the needs our health systems have to answer now and in future.

For this reason the 19th European Health Forum Gastein will focus on:


“Demographics and Diversity in Europe – New Solutions for Health”

To get a taste of what to expect from the upcoming conference have a look at our First Programme Announcement.

Online registration is open now – and early birds will benefit from special rates!

28 – 30 September, Bad Hofgastein, Austria


You do not know us yet and are unsure whether the EHFG is the right place for you to network, exchange experiences, debate, and develop new ideas? We warmly invite you to take a closer look:

Hello Austria, hello Europe

My name is Mari Pollari and I have the great pleasure to be a part of the EHFG-team for the upcoming months. Besides working on interesting tasks in preparation for the EHFG 2016, I am also writing my Master Thesis in the field of European Public Health (Maastricht University).

MariI am enthusiastic to work towards a healthier Europe, which can be achieved by involving different sectors at all levels. In relation to this, my Master thesis focuses on the impact of NGO actions: are right things done in a right way? By finding out the impact of NGO actions, we can involve different stakeholders and their expertise in further actions towards improved health. Indeed, this is what the EHFG does as well; year after year, the conference has successfully brought a large number of stakeholders together to find out the next moves for success.

I truly believe this spring will offer me interesting and great experiences. It is time to explore Austria and take a step towards the European level!

10 years Young Forum Gastein!

Looking back to the first YFG…

YG10Back in 2007, I was told about the possibility of attending the Euopean Health Forum Gastein as a Young Gasteiner. It was the 1st time that this type of scholarship was offered at the European Health Forum Gastein and the scholarship was targeted towards junior health researchers and policymakers. No hesitation from my side: it was a one-off opportunity that I could not let go so I sent my application through. Back then, I was working as a health researcher at the Health Technology Assessment Agency in Madrid. Once I got confirmation to participate as a Young Gasteiner, everything went very smoothly. Weiterlesen