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

Interview with Bert Aben

Bert Aben, GAMIAN-Europe (Global Alliance of Mental Illness Advocacy Networks-Europe), NL

Bert Aben – BA, Viktorija Andreikenaite – VA, Ondrej Fiala – OF

Bert Aben


OF: There are many different approaches to treat and diagnose mental diseases, for example, psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy. What is, from your point of view, the position of the patient organization? How can they help? Why are they important?

BA: The patient organization must appeal to all, who are involved in treatment: government, doctors, hospitals, also employers, and say what is the best for treatment. We also can say “Give power to the organization”, that’s another approach. I personally prefer to stay in an advisory position, because I’m not a part of the hospital, I want to be an independent advisor. Weiterlesen

Meeting of the Global Health Policy Forum on Migration and Health

On the 25th of February 2016, the meeting of the Global Health Policy Forum was organized by DG RTD, and focused on the topic of migration and health.
The meeting was divided in two parts. During the first part, IOM, Médecins du Monde and the Red Cross presented their actions and priorities with regards to migration and health. Weiterlesen