EHFG 2023: Health systems in crisis – countering shockwaves and fatigue

26th to 29th September 2023, Bad Hofgastein, Austria and online.

The European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG) is delighted to announce its 26th EHFG conference, which will take place as a hybrid event from 26 – 29 September 2023 under the main theme “Health systems in crisis – countering shockwaves and fatigue”. 

Health systems in Europe were facing significant problems pre-COVID, from underfunded primary and social care to workforce shortages and inequities in access to care, while addressing growing challenges such as ageing populations and the rise in non-communicable diseases. The ensuing permacrisis – including an ongoing pandemic, the war in Ukraine, the cost-of-living crisis, and the climate emergency – have only exacerbated the situation, stretching health systems, and in particular the health and care workforce, to their limits.  Many workers have lost their lives, while others have suffered fatigue, exhaustion, and burnout.

Health and care workers are essential to the operation of health systems, and their availability, accessibility, and quality are all determinants of expanding healthcare service coverage and the attainment of the fundamental right to enjoy the best possible standard of health. Health systems exist to protect people: shielding them from the risk of illness, and the possibility of financial ruin if they do fall sick. They serve as one of the cornerstones of both a thriving economy and society. And it is key that they (and their workforce) are well resourced, dependable, and steadfast in times of crisis.

However, while the pandemic shifted health up the priority list, the cycle of panic and neglect has already begun. The health community must continue to highlight why health and well-being are strategic assets in which to invest, reminding decision-makers that healthier, happier people drive healthier economies and a sustainable planet. Given that health is largely created and determined in other areas, the many systems and policies that influence health and well-being across different sectors must also be better streamlined.

At the European level there have been positive developments: policy work towards a true European Health Union; a new EU global health strategy, and the growing recognition of the importance of One Health approaches. But creating healthy societies also means taking concrete actions at Member State level to build more sustainable and shock-proof systems, in particular addressing the “great resignation” of the health and social care workforce as a key challenge impacting the sustainability of our health systems. We must also overcome the permeable sense of fatigue caused by a feeling that major challenges – such as the climate emergency – are beyond our power and control to influence.

Join the EHFG 2023 in Gastein and online to discuss how to ride out the current shockwaves and explore how crises can help catalyse the development of new approaches to health system problems. Together, let´s co-create long-term sustainable solutions with actors in all sectors that support health and well-being!

The EHFG 2023 call for session proposals is open and can be found on the EHFG website. Should you wish to become a partner and contribute to sessions that inspire future-facing solutions and bring forward candid debates to challenge the status quo, please get in touch before Wednesday, 22 March. We are looking forward to your ideas!

General Information

Date: 26th to 29th September 2023

Location: Bad Hofgastein, Austria and online

For more information and detailed program visit the website.

Published in GI-Mail 03/2023 (English edition).

  • Do you already know our monthly newsletter GI-Mail with useful tips on postgraduate courses?
    Sign up here.
  • Are you looking for vacancies or new career challenges? Here you will find the latest vacancies and job offers.
  • Do you already know our monthly job-information GI-Jobs with current job offers for doctors, managers and nurses? Sign up here.
  • Are you interested in up to date postgraduate courses and CME? In our education database »medicine & health« you will find new education events from over 2300 organizers.

Dear Reader,

We are happy to welcome you to our Going International Blog.
Did you like this or would you like to inform us about something related to this topic?
Just leave a comment in our comment field below, your e-mail address will not be published. We are looking forward to your feedback!
Best Regards,

The Going International Team!




    Leave a Reply

    Deine E-Mail-Adresse wird nicht veröffentlicht. Erforderliche Felder sind mit * markiert