Australian Health Promotion Association Life Memberships and Fellowships
To recognise achievement in health promotion within Australia, AHPA® may provide one of several awards to members or supporters who have given outstanding and distinguished service or made a significant contribution to the purposes and objectives of the Association and to health promotion.
Life Membership of the Association may be awarded to members who have given outstanding and distinguished service to the Association and to health promotion in Australia. Recipients of this award will have been members of the Association for 10 years or more.
Life Member Criteria
Nominations for the award of Life Member shall:
- provide a detailed account of the nominee's outstanding service to the Association and to health promotion in Australia (four pages maximum-use criteria as headings to guide nominations);
- demonstrate the candidate’s distinguished, meritorious and special service as a mature leader in health promotion in Australia;
- demonstrate the candidate’s significant contribution to the purpose and objectives of the Association; and
- demonstrate that the nominee has been an individual member of the Association for 10 years or more.
Life Members of the Association
In recognition of their distinguished, meritorious and special service as a mature leader in health promotion in Australia and their significant contribution to the purpose and objectives of the Association, the award of Life Member has been bestowed upon the following people.
2000 Ray James PhD
- Member, National Management Committee
- Member, WA Branch Committee in various roles including Branch President and Member, Mentoring and Scholarship Sub Committees
- Member of the research team that developed and revised health promotion competencies for health promotion practitioners
- Co-convener of the first State Health Promotion Conference in WA
- Inaugural Chairperson, Planning committee of the National Health Promotion Conference
- Member, Organising Committee, 5th National Conference, 1993, and subsequently the 11th National Conference in 1999
- One of the founders of the Health Promotion Journal of Australia and a founding editor
- Involved in South West Pacific Regional Committee of the International Union of Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) and the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA)
- Director, Mentally Healthy WA project, Centre for Behavioral Research in Cancer Control, Curtin University
- Roles with National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University and Institute for Child Health Research
- Senior manager, Health Department of WA
- Awarded a Heart Foundation President’s Award
- Experienced figure in community based public health in Australia (both in WA and NSW) working in the USA, India, New Zealand and Latin America
- Published a range of peer-reviewed and grey literature and presented at numerous conferences
- Common themes of professional work included: innovation; willingness to risk trialing new approaches; mentoring early-career professionals and helping others beyond the call of duty
Note: Following his death in early 2008 the Australian Health Promotion Association endorsed the establishment of an annual award in his memory.
2000 Trevor Shilton, MHP, Grad. Dip. Hlth Sciences, B.Ed
- Inaugural National President, Australian Health Promotion Association (holding that post for the first seven years of the Association’s development) 1990-1997
- Part of the group that undertook the initial research on health promotion competencies.
- Director of Cardiovascular Health at the National Heart Foundation of Australia (WA Division)
- Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health, Curtin University
- Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Population Health, University of Western Australia
- Global Vice President for Advocacy, International Union for Health Promotion and Education
- Chair of Global Advocacy for Physical Activity, the Advocacy Council of ISPAH, Board Member of ISPAH and Director of GlobalPANet.com
- Principal research and health promotion interests are in NCD prevention, advocacy, policy and programs relating to physical activity and obesity, workforce development, Aboriginal health and social marketing
- Directed major community-wide initiatives, including social marketing campaigns in obesity, physical activity and tobacco, and state-wide initiatives in workplace health and school health
- Published book chapters and over 45 papers in peer reviewed journals along with many national and international conference presentations and workshops and Participation in guideline and policy development in Australia, Canada and the United States
2006 Jan Ritchie PhD, MHPEd, DipPhty
- Past President, Australian Health Promotion Association (2003-2005)
- Joint Editor, Health Promotion Journal of Australia (2005-2008)
- Member, Editorial Committee, Health Promotion Journal of Australia
- Honorary Associate Professor, School of Public Health and Community Medicine (SPHCM), University of New South Wales - Academic Advisor for the SPHCM Master of Public Health Degree Program, Coordinator, Health Promotion area of concentration
- Adjunct Associate Professor, Griffith University, Queensland
- Honorary Fellow, Menzies School of Health Research, Northern Territory
- Regional Director, South Western Pacific Region, International Union for Health Promotion and Education
- Convenor, Public Health Association of Australia, Health Promotion Special Interest Group (1997-2000)
- Editorial Board Member, Reviews of Health Promotion and Education Online, IUHPE
- Chair, Editorial Committee, Virtual Library: Public Health
- Associate Director, Australian Centre for Health Promotion, University of Sydney (1994-2000)
- Worked with AusAid and WHO consulting widely in Kiribati, Vanuatu, Tonga, Pacific Region, New Caledonia, Niue, Fiji, Samoa, Cook Islands, Vietnam, China, Mauritius as well as undertaking many activities more locally for example Consultant to the National Prescribing Service as a member of the Evaluation Working Group advising on quality use of medicines
- Published widely in journals and books and active in researching and teaching around living with chronic disease, and working with Pacific island peoples in promoting health through a 'Healthy Islands' settings approach
2006 Lily O’Hara PhD, MPH, GDHlthProm, BSc
- National President, 1997-2001
- Queensland Branch President, 1995 – 1998, Vice President 1994 – 1995
- Member, Queensland Branch Committee, 2005, 2006
- Convenor, 1995 National Conference
- Member, 2001 National Conference Committee
- Negotiated free accommodation at the University of the Sunshine Coast
- Initiated changes to the association's name (from Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals (AAHPP), the 2001 Constitution, corporate image, the look of the Update and HPJA, reviewed membership subscription structured and developed new corporate membership categories. Negotiated with the Australian Taxation Office for Tax Exempt Charity Status
- Managed tender for HPJA editorial and production roles in 1998/1999, established 'partnership' with VicHealth that led to production of HPJA from the end of 1999 until December 2002
- Established the Eberhard Wenzel Memorial Oration
- Played key role in bid for World Conference, Melbourne, 2004
- Strengthened links with IUHPE, established website, developed policy statements
- Teaching and research roles with the University of the Sunshine Coast
- Health promotion practitioner and academic with extensive experience working in universities, government agencies, non-government agencies and private business.
- Main research interests include the application of health promotion values and principles, health promoting schools, universities and workplaces
2013 Chris Rissel PhD Epidemiology, MPH, BSc (Hons)
- Founding member, NSW Branch
- President, NSW Branch, 2001 – 2003, 2009-2010
- Member, AHPA® Board Research, Evaluation and Evidence Translation Committee
- Editor-In-Chief, Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 2003 - 2008
- Member, Editorial Board, Health Promotion Journal of Australia (current)
- Professor, School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Prevention Research Collaboration,
- Inaugural Director, of NSW Office of Preventive Health
- Previous Director, Health Promotion Service, (former) Sydney South West Area Health Service
- Particularly interested in the translation of research into practice and relationships between evaluation and policy, has worked extensively in health promotion in NSW and has extensive experience in planning, implementing and evaluating community-based health promotion
- Published over 250 peer-reviewed publications plus dozens of research reports and book chapters
- Has extensive experience with public health interventions involving the promotion of walking, active travel and cycling, as well as children and young families
- Career research funding approximately $7.1 million including 7 NHMRC and 2 ARC grants
- Currently supervising 3 PhD students and has co-supervised 5 PhD students, and regularly supervises NSW Public Health Officer Trainees.
- Given 54 national and international conference oral presentations, including 5 invited keynote presentations
- Member of a number of Editorial Boards
2014 Peter Howat PhD, MSc, DPE, DipEd, DipTchg
- Inaugural President (1985 - 1988), Member, (1985 - 90) Western Australian Professional Health Educators Association (forerunner to Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals and Australian Health Promotion Association), Chairperson, Health Policy Committee (1985- 90); Member, Professional Development Committee (1985-89); Member, National Health Promotion Association Committee (1989-90)
- Member, Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals Inaugural Committee and Secretary (1992-95)
- Associate Editor, HPJA; Member, HPJA Editorial Advisory Board
- Member, WA Branch Strategic Advisory Group
- Member, Program Committee, 2009 National Conference and Member, Organising Committee, 1999 National Conference
- Chair, Health Policy Sub-committee (1990-92) and HPJA Sub-committee (1990-92), National Policy Coordinator (1992-95).
- Part of group that undertook the initial research on health promotion competencies
- Emeritus Professor, School of Public Health, Curtin University
- Director, Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer Control (2005 – 2014)
- Professor, National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) Research Group (2006 –2014)
- Co-Director of the WA Centre for Health Promotion Research (1986 – 2014) (co-founder)
- Head, Health Promotion, Curtin University (1983-2005), Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Healthy Aging (2002-2006), Professor, ATN Universities Centre for Metabolic Fitness (2005-11)
- Conducted research in a variety of settings that includes formative research along with planning, implementation and evaluation of experimental programs (e.g. physical activity, nutrition; cancer prevention; social isolation/social support, road safety; alcohol, tobacco and other drugs)
- Substantial experience in public health advocacy and policy related practice and research particularly in tobacco, alcohol and gambling
- Investigator on 109+ research grants and contracts ($10+million since 2007)
- Supervised 70+ masters and PhDs
- Author of 350+ journal articles, book chapters, reports and other publications; 330+ conference presentations
- Past president: People Against Drink Driving (WA); Injury Control Council of WA, and Public Health Association of Australia (WA) (1991-93; 2007-09)
Fellow of the Association may be awarded to members who are regarded as having made a significant contribution to the purposes and objectives of the Association and to health promotion in Australia. The award of Fellow does not necessarily require an extended period of involvement in the Association. The Fellow award allows for a specific contribution over a short time to be rewarded. It also provides for an outstanding individual contribution to the Purpose and Objectives of the Association and provides an opportunity for the Association to acknowledge the significant events and involvement of members.
Nomination for the award of Fellow shall:
- be accompanied by a brief statement of the nominee's outstanding contribution to the purpose and objectives of the Association and to health promotion in Australia (two pages maximum-use criteria as headings to guide nominations);
- demonstrate that the candidate is acknowledged by colleagues and co-workers as outstanding in their personal contribution, not merely by way of their position; and
- demonstrate that contributions by the candidate have been of such nature that they have occasioned or noticeably contributed to:
- substantial professional growth
- improvements in an important institution
- an increased body of knowledge in health promotion
- positive changes in attitudes or practices in health promotion in the profession or the community.
Fellows of the Association
The Association recognises the significant contribution to the purposes and objectives of the Association and to health promotion in Australia by conferring the award Fellow of the Association to:
- John Lowe (1999)
- Marilyn Wise (2000)
- Lawrence St Leger (2002)
- Fran Baum (2007)
- James Smith (2013)
- Suzanne Gleeson (2013)
- Ben Smith (2014)
- Jonine Jancy (2018)
Nominations for the award of Fellow or Life Member shall be made by a member of the Association to a Branch Committee. The Branch Committee shall vote on whether to forward the nomination to the Board. The Board shall vote on all nominations received for the award of Fellow or Life Member. If elected by the Board such duly elected Fellows or Life Members are duly accepted as Fellows or Life Members of the Australian Health Promotion Association.
Ray James Memorial Award
The Australian Health Promotion Association also offers the annual Ray James Memorial Award which honours excellence and innovation in health promotion research published in the Health Promotion Journal of Australia. See more information including past recipients.
Glen Paley Memorial Award
The Glen Paley Memorial Award has been established to recognise individual achievement within the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA®), contributing to its mission of “Leadership in Health Promotion”. The Award provides an opportunity to recognise the valuable contribution and commitment of our Board and Branch Committee members, to the operation of the Association and its membership. Click here for more information and to apply.
- Melinda Edmunds (2016)
- Michele Herriot (2018)
Scholarships and Branch Awards
Scholarships are offered prior to every national conference – you will be advised of these through your AHPA® branch and watch this website for information.
Branches also recognise members’ contribution and excellence in health promotion practice. See the Branches for more information.