The Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA®) seeks to advance the health of all people in Australia through leadership, advocacy and workforce development for health promotion practice, research, evaluation, and policy. Impact starts with our members - people like you who have an interest or are involved in the practice, policy, research, and study of health promotion.
Reap the benefits of professional development, networking and making a significant strategic contribution to the growth and development of the Australian health promotion sector.
Membership is open to individuals and organisations that support the aims of AHPA. Before completing your application, refer to the AHPA purpose and values and the professional standards and ethical values that underpin health promotion as articulated by the International Union for Health Promotion and Education and endorsed by AHPA. It is our intent that members support the purpose of AHPA and these standards and ethical values when joining the Association.
Why join AHPA?
Expand your professional networks
We’re building a community that helps you build your professional profile and connects you with a diverse group of health promotion professionals – both recent graduates, practitioners and researchers with a shared interest in health promotion and creating a healthier place for all Australians. Members are invited to participate in a range of committees, communities of practice or project teams to undertake activities which support our aims and the directions of the AHPA Strategic Plan 2020 – 2023.
Build your professional skills and knowledge
AHPA is committed to building a highly skilled and sustainable health promotion workforce. As a member you will gain access to a range of professional development opportunities and events to help build your skills, knowledge and make a mark on your career. AHPA members also receive discounted registration to events!
Become a registered IUHPE Health Promotion Practitioner
Raise your status as a member of a globally recognised professional group by becoming a registered IUHPE Health Promotion Practitioner. Registration not only improves career opportunities nationally and internationally but provides greater recognition and visibility of the professionalism of health promotion in Australia.
Become a voice for health promotion in the community
Help shape the directions of health promotion and support AHPA to be a voice to advocate for key health promotion issues and health equity. You can play an integral part in advocating for the health promotion workforce and health promotion directions more broadly.
Access to Health Promotion Journal of Australia (HPJA)
Keep up to date with the latest research and best practice in health promotion through the Health Promotion Journal of Australia (HPJA) – the only peer reviewed health promotion journal in the southern hemisphere! Receive free online access to e-copies of the journal and 20% discount on open access publishing fees in the HPJA. Publish in and review for the journal and be eligible for awards and discounts.
Access to member only updates, resources, and programs
As a member you can subscribe to e-news updates from AHPA and your local Branch, as well as access member only areas of the AHPA website for resources from your local Branch and health promotion and ethics information. You can join professional networks such as the Teaching and Learning Community of Practice or Mentoring program.
Access the latest job opportunities
Whether it’s your first health promotion role, the next step in your career or looking for a change in career focus, AHPA members have exclusive access the latest job opportunities through the AHPA career centre and job list.
Get involved with local Branch activities
AHPA is active nationally and locally in states and territories of Australia. Membership provides you with the opportunity to get involved with your local Branch activities, connect with local health promotion professionals and contribute to local issues affecting your community. Opportunities may include joining a branch working group or committee, attending professional development or networking events, accessing scholarships, awards and mentoring programs and getting active in advocacy for health promotion.
Participate in awards and scholarships
Recognition of excellence in health promotion and contribution to the field are acknowledged through AHPA’s awards . Branch and National scholarships support professional development of members.
As a student it was important for me to be a part of a professional committee, to remain up to date in the field and have access to job opportunities. Having won a scholarship I can now attend my first professional conference. Being a student is the perfect time to join given the great student discount. Joining the association has been one of the best moves I could have made.
Tahni Roberts, Student, Queensland
AHPA membership gives me the opportunity to keep up-to-date with local, national and international health promotion initiatives and to build relationships with others in the field – this is important for me as an early career and regional health promotion practitioner.
Amber Giblett, Branch Committee member, Western Australia
As an experienced health promotion manager it’s important to me to contribute to the sector through the AHPA Board.
Michele Herriot, AHPA Director
I joined AHPA when I moved to Australia to connect with colleagues and find opportunities in the sector. Now those people are some of my best friends. Being a member gives me the chance to shape health promotion practice and build a profession I am really proud of.
David Towl, Branch President, Victoria