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Western Australia

City of South Perth

Employment Status: Full-time; Contract

Eligibility: Relevant tertiary qualifications and/or extensive experience in the field of community development

Location: Perth

Brief Summary: The successful candidate will be responsible for contributing towards creating a vibrant and enriched City of South Perth community through researching, developing and implementing community development programs, services and events primarily in the areas of:

  • Community Partnerships;
  • Community Funding;
  • Volunteer Awards and Recognitions;
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) populations;
  • Aboriginal Engagement; and
  • Placemaking activities in identified areas to build a diverse, connected and inclusive community.

Applications close: 6 November 2020, 4 pm

For more information:

Organisation: Department of Health

Location: Albany/Katanning

Level/Salary: HSO Level G5 $77,314 - $83,995 p.a. pro rata

Employment Status: This is a Recruitment Pool for Permanent Full Time, Permanent Part Time, Fixed Term Full Time, Fixed Term Part Time or Casual appointments with the possibility of extension(s) and/or permanency.

Description: The Department of Health is currently seeking to appoint a Health Promotion Officer for their Population Health Department at Albany. In this role you will undertake the development, implementation and evaluation of health promotion programs within the Great Southern region which are both multidisciplinary and intersectorial with a focus on community participation. You will also require a high level of interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively with stakeholders and the local community.

Closing Date: 2016-08-08 4:00 PM

General Enquiries

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All mail can be directed to:

38 Surrey Road
Keswick SA 5035

So, I am running off to add another little one to my growing family. My time and energy will now be needed elsewhere. I have really enjoyed working with the wonderful AHPA WA team, Emma at Healthway and our scholarship recipients and host agencies.

Before I go, I wanted to share a bit about my time as the Scholarships Coordinator as I believe this is a unique job opportunity and for anyone who is considering the role, I would definitely say go for it! Don’t feel like you already need to be working as a ‘consultant’ – I wasn’t. Managing your own work and coordinating a large program can sound daunting, but if you have good organisation skills, the ability to learn as you go and ask plenty of questions, and a little bit of enthusiasm and passion for health promotion, you will be perfect for the role.

Coordinating the scholarships program has many benefits, including:

  • Expanding your networks
  • Remaining connected to the health promotion industry
  • Staying abreast of some of the latest health promotion pilot programs and trials
  • Being part of a one-of-a-kind program to develop and engage the health promotion workforce
  • Enhancing your skills and experience in grant management, recruitment and selection, and managing contracts and budgets (to name a few)
  • Flexible working conditions, with a choice of hours and the ability to work from home.

There are a number of supports in place to assist the new Coordinator, including templates, forms, work plans, ideas for PD planning, evaluation tools and, most importantly, the AHPA WA Leadership Group, Healthway staff and previous program coordinators.

To find out more click here. Good luck with your application!

Scholarships Coordinator 


Leadership Group

The Leadership Group is responsible for ensuring strong governance of the committee, strategic and operational direction and support to the whole committee. The Leadership Group is responsible for liaising with National and key stakeholders and for overseeing the delivery of the AHPA (WA Branch) and Healthway Health Promotion Scholarships program.

Finance Audit and Risk Management (FARM) Subcommittee

The role and function of the Finance Audit and Risk Management (FARM) Subcommittee is to maintain the Branch’s finances and mitigate identified risks. FARM is also responsible for overseeing the development of the WA Branch Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

Advocacy and Partnerships Subcommittee

The main role of the Advocacy and Partnerships Subcommittee is to:

  • Contribute to raising awareness of the WA Branch as a recognised organisation who can provide expertise, information, and resources on health promotion policy and programs.
  • Comment on proposed policy, legislation, and programs (and other relevant documents) to advocate for sound health promotion practice in WA.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships to increase the profile of the WA Branch, in collaboration with the Leadership Group.

Member Services Subcommittee

The Member Services Subcommittee provides an avenue for communicating and engaging with members. The main role and responsibilities of the Subcommittee is to:

  • Raise awareness of the WA Branch and maintain/ increase membership;
  • Build the profile of the WA Branch; and
  • Communicate regularly with WA Branch members.

Capacity Building and Excellence Subcommittee

The main role of the Capacity Building and Excellence Subcommittee is to:

  • Build capacity and excellence in the health promotion workforce, through:
    • Providing and sourcing professional and leadership development opportunities for all members, from new graduates to more experienced practitioners, and the broader health promotion community in WA.
    • The mentoring program, which provides an opportunity for experienced health promotion practitioners to support early career practitioners.

Student Subcommittee and ex-officios

The main role of the Student Subcommittee is to raise the profile of the AHPA (WA Branch) at all represented universities. The Student Subcommittee provides future health promotion graduates with the opportunity to network and support the work of the Branch.

Ex-officios help to support the Committee to undertake activities throughout the year, without having voting rights. The ex-officios are allocated a Sub-Committee to work with.

Student Representatives

Catrina Wold (Student Coordinator), Michelle Ng, Paul Knight, Synthia Kelder, Elsa Mangan, Farhana Nasrin, Scarlett Duncan, Natasha Abbott, Amira Hosny


Lydia Cook, Lisa Rooke, Stacey-Mae Prokopyszyn, Kahlia McCausland, Denise Corlett, Amber Giblett, Belinda Grandoni, Ella Brook, Darci Miller, Indah Mohamed-Isa, Ellen Hart, Bethany Martin, Tonia Ledwith, Rebecca Collier.

Strategic Advisory Group (SAG)

The Branch Committee is supported by a Strategic Advisory Group (SAG), which is made up of senior health promotion practitioners from the variety of sectors who employ health promotion practitioners in WA. The SAG provides high level strategic support and advice to the Committee on key operational and strategic issues. The SAG assists the Branch to build a highly functional Committee, including the provision of mentoring and support to nurture future leaders.

Strategic Advisory Group

Ann Barblett, Tracy Benson-Cooper, Assoc Prof Juli Coffin, Jude Comfort, Gemma Crawford, Dr Jonathan Hallett, Tia Lockwood, Trevor Shilton, Dr Melissa Stoneham, Assoc Prof Lisa Wood, Libby Jardine, Ruth Wernham.

Weekly Jobs and Events List

These lists provide members with a source of up-to-date information including upcoming education and social events, courses, weekly job opportunities and volunteer positions in the area of health promotion and public health.
See events and careers tabs for more information.

Mentoring Program

The mentoring program has been operating for several years, is exclusive to WA members and has received considerable commendation. Mentoring partnerships are carefully matched to meet the specific needs of each participant.
See mentoring tab for more information on how to be part of this great program.

Scholarships Program

The AHPA (WA Branch) in conjunction with Healthway offers six month paid scholarships to:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people interested in a career in health promotion
  • Undergraduates or postgraduates with a health promotion qualification from a WA University to work in the field of health promotion.

Health agencies and organisations are encouraged to consider the prospect of placing a graduate and/or an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person in a health promotion position that is fully funded by the scholarship.
Visit the scholarships website for more information.

Professional Development Workshops

Each year a range of professional and skill development workshops and social networking events are organised for members.

News from the West Newsletter and E-news

The AHPA WA Branch newsletter News from the West and monthly E-news distribution provides members with a valuable array of information and insight into what’s happening in health promotion

See news tab for more information on News from the West and make sure you tick to receive emails from WA when you sign up as a member to keep up to date with our E-news.

Student Careers Information Night

An annual Student Careers Information Night provides past health promotion graduates with an opportunity to share their career journeys and illustrate the diversity of career pathways available to graduates. It provides students with the opportunity to interact and speak to a range of government and non-government organisations in the health promotion area.


"Advocacy is a catch-all word for a set of skills used to create a shift in public opinion and mobilise the necessary resources and forces to support an issue, policy, constituency" (Wallack et al 1993, p27).
The WA Branch actively seeks to advocate on behalf of its members on a range of health and related social issues at a local or state level. The Association publishes letters, writes submissions, and/or contacts politicians regarding health issues such as road trauma, men's health, domestic violence, public transport and smoke free venues (just to name a few).

See working groups tab for more information

WAComm MelindaEdmunds

Melinda Edmunds

Melinda has been involved in the WA Branch since 2014, starting in a Co-Vice Presidents role before taking on the Presidents role in July 2014. Melinda has worked in health promotion for six years in both injury prevention, and chronic disease prevention and management. Melinda brings experience in capacity building, governance, and developing stakeholder relationships. Melinda currently works at Diabetes WA in a Senior Project Officer role across the Health Services Division.


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Courtney Mickan
Vice President

Courtney has been a member of the WA Branch Committee since 2013 sitting with the Members Services subcommittee. Courtney’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Health Science (Life Sciences) from Flinders University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Promotion from Curtin University. She is currently working in a performance monitoring and reporting role with the Aboriginal Health Improvement Unit at WA Country Health Service maintaining a strong focus on outcome-based approaches for Aboriginal health programs. Courtney has previously worked in health promotion roles implementing programs in tobacco control, alcohol harm-prevention, early childhood development and mental health.


WAComm LorenaChapman

Lorena Chapman

Lorena completed her undergraduate health promotion studies at Curtin University in 2009. Since then she has been working in the NGO sector, predominately on tobacco control and skin cancer prevention programs. She is currently working at Cancer Council WA on the Tobacco Programs team. Lorena has been a member of the AHPA (WA Branch) Committee since 2013.


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Lydia Cook

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WAComm LeishaAberle

Leisha Aberle

Leisha Aberle is a general committee member on the WA Branch. Leisha completed a bachelor degree in Nutrition in 2012 and continued with her studies completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion in 2015. Her current role at Foodbank WA involves working collaboratively with communities, schools and primary health agencies to plan and deliver nutrition and food skills programs in regional and remote communities across WA. Her previous work involved Diabetes Service Coordination in a Primary Health Care context in WA. Her most significant achievement on the committee has been overseeing the development and future endorsement of the WA Branch’s Reconciliation Action Plan.


WAComm StaceyNicoleKeightley

Stacey Nicole Keightley

Stacey is the Sponsorship and Health Promotion Manager at The West Australian Health Promotion Foundation (Healthway). Stacey has a passion for people, understanding what motivates them and how to influence changes in behaviour for the better. After 10 years in the commercial marketing sector in Sydney, Stacey returned to her hometown of Perth in 2012 and refocussed her efforts into health promotion. Stacey possesses a unique combination of marketing, media, sponsorship, online and health communication expertise and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing), Bachelor of Social Science (Politics) and a Post Graduate Diploma (Health Promotion).


WAComm LaurenZappa

Lauren Zappa 

Lauren Zappa is a passionate health promotion practitioner with a keen interest in chronic disease prevention and the impact of climate change on health. She chairs the Capacity Building and Excellence Sub-Committee, regularly coordinating professional development opportunities for the health promotion community. Lauren’s currently studying her Master’s in Public Health via Deakin University. This builds on her existing Health Promotion degree from Curtin University. Lauren is currently the Manager of the Diabetes Prevention Unit at Diabetes WA. Over the last six years she has worked on a variety of programs, including SunSmart and Healthier Workplaces WA at the Cancer Council WA.


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Liz Bradshaw

Liz is a member of the Finance and Risk Management subcommittee. Liz is a Senior Health Promotion Officer at the South Metropolitan Population Health Unit, and is currently working with local government, WA health facilities and community groups to create settings that support good nutrition, physical activity and smoke free environments. Liz has a Bachelor of Exercise & Sport Science and Preventative Health, and a Masters in Health Science. She has previously worked in the Midwest of Western Australia as a Regional Health Promotion Officer with the WA Country Health Service, and as a Project Officer with the Department of Sport and Recreation.


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Sarah Di Cristofaro

Sarah is a member of the Capacity Building and Excellence subcommittee. Sarah is a Health Promotion Officer at the South Metropolitan Population Health Unit with the Armadale Team. She is currently working in partnership with the City of Armadale to deliver numerous nutrition initiatives, developing a coalition to address food insecurity in the City of Armadale, and is on a multi-sectorial working party to roll out an accredited TAFE course in leadership development and population health. Sarah has a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Health Promotion. She has previously worked at Child and Adolescent Community Health as a Health Promotion Officer.


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Amber Giblett

Amber Giblett is the chair of the Members Services subcommittee, and has been a member of the WA Branch committee since 2011. Amber graduated with a Bachelor of Science (health promotion) from Curtin University, and is currently completing a postgraduate degree in psychology. She currently works as a health promotion officer/population health coordinator at Great Southern Population Health, based in Albany. Her primary work areas are physical activity and nutrition, smoking cessation, social and emotional wellbeing and falls prevention. Amber enjoys the challenges (and many benefits!) of working in the country.


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Laura Hunter

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Chantelle Jeffrey
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WAComm KirstydeBlanken

Kirsty de Blanken

Kirsty has been involved in the WA Branch committee since 2014 and is the chair of the Advocacy and Partnerships subcommittee. Kirsty completed a Nutrition degree in 2006 and a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Promotion in 2007, both at Curtin University. She currently works as a Senior Health Promotion Officer at the South Metropolitan Population Health Unit in the areas of nutrition, tobacco control and alcohol harm prevention. Kirsty has experience working in NGOs and government organisations both in WA and the UK, delivering programs in the areas of nutrition, bowel cancer screening, women’s health and building stronger families.

Health Promotion – be part of something great!

Welcome to the WA Branch of the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA).

The AHPA is the leading dedicated health promotion body in WA and is run by a team of volunteer health promotion professionals who meet on a monthly basis to progress objectives of the Association and provide support to its members.

WA was the first state/territory in Australia to form an AHPA Branch, and is your professional body when you work in health promotion. Become a member today and be a part of something great.

The AHPA (WA Branch) was developed as a result of the hard work and dedication of many leaders in the field of health promotion in WA. In 1985, Peter Howat became the first President of the WA Professional Health Educators Association (WAPHEA). Trevor Shilton took over this role in 1988. In 1989, a survey was conducted with 97% of members supporting the move for a name change to Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals (AAHPP) and a national focus. This was confirmed at the June 1990 AGM, and subsequently the National Association, conference, journal and policies followed.

More recently the name was changed to the Australian Health Promotion Association. The AHPA has become the professional association specifically for people involved in, or with an interest in the practice, research and study of health promotion. The AHPA (WA Branch) continues to recruit and provide services for WA based members.


To improve the health status of Western Australians by building the leadership capacity of our members and making health promotion a priority.

Core Business

The AHPA (WA Branch) Committee prioritises financial stability and good governance for the Branch, whilst continuing to deliver a range of core activities to serve the interests of members.

We also work hard to raise our profile and that of health promotion in WA via advocacy and building partnerships with key groups such as the Public Health Association of Australia (WA) and the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA.

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Our Reflect RAP takes a holistic approach to create meaningful relationships, enhance respect and promote sustainable opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. We have developed our RAP to enhance inclusivity and engagement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our communities. Through our RAP we will support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to become members of our association and support them to work in the Health Promotion field in order to better represent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our sector.

Read a copy of our RAP here

Ray James Memorial Lecture 2020

Delivered by AHPA member, Tarun Weeramanthri, this year's lecture asked: "How can health promotion contribute more to climate action?"

The lecture honours the late Ray James, a health promotion practitioner who worked in the USA, India, New Zealand, Latin America, WA and NSW, who was known for innovation, willingness to risk trialing new approaches, mentoring early-career professionals and helping others beyond the call of duty.

Read the Croakey blog on the lecture here:

There is also a link ot the video of the lecture within the article.

AHPA is committed to the following principles:

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Ethical Practice

Supporting culturally informed, participatory, respectful and safe practice

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Health Equity

addressing the sociocultural, economic, political, commercial and ecological determinants of health in order to build health equity.

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Innovative & evidence informed approaches

promoting and supporting evidence informed research, policy and practice

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working in partnership with other organisations to improve health and wellbeing.

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