Governance Structure – Board & Branches
The Australian Health Promotion Association operates at both the National and State level in order to achieve its objectives. Nationally, the Association is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board Directors nominate and are accepted at the Association’s Annual General Meeting. They assume responsibility for the governance and strategic direction of the Association ensuring that it is meeting its Constitutional requirements.
As a Company Limited by Guarantee AHPA is required to comply with the requirements of the Australian Securities and Investments (ASIC) Commission as well as those of the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC). The trademark “AHPA®” was registered in Australia by the Australian Health Promotion Association in 2009 (1314173; Class 35- Association services being the promotion of the interests of members of the association).
The Association has State and Territory branches in New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia.
Branches are involved in providing professional development opportunities to members, including conducting workshops and training courses on a wide range of topics. Some branches also provide scholarships for health promotion students or graduates, mentoring programs as well as regular E-Communication to their members including jobs and events bulletins.
Branches are regularly looking for members to support branch activities by offering their time and skills to help grow the health promotion profession in their state. Visit Branches and contact your State or Territory Branch if you think this is something that you would be interested in.
The Australian Health Promotion Association respectfully acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first Australians, and pays its respects to elders past and present. We are committed to working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health promotion practitioners and communities to achieve our vision for reconciliation.
The Australian Health Promotion Association's Constitution can be obtained via the link below:
Board Committees and Working Groups
The Board has both standing and short-term committees to ensure effective governance and to progress tasks. Current groups are:
- Branch Presidents’ Committee
- National Executive and Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Committee
- Professionalising Health Promotion Committee
- Business Model Working Group
- Communications Working Group
- Conference Working Group
- Research, Evaluation and Evidence Translation Committee.
The Australia Health Promotion Association currently has over 1,100 members and journal subscribers. Membership of the Association is diverse, and includes designated health promotion practitioners, researchers and students, as well as others involved in promoting physical, mental, social, cultural and environmental health. Many members’ primary profession or area of study may be something other than health promotion however their key responsibilities include promoting health.
Our members come from a broad range of sectors including health, education, welfare, environment, transport, law enforcement, town planning, housing and politics. Members are drawn from Government departments and agencies, universities, non-Government organisations, community-based organisations and groups, private companies and industries, and students.
History of AHPA
The Association has its origins in the ANZAAS Congress held in Perth in 1983. The planning committee for the Health Education Section of the Congress recognised the need for an organisation that could unify the growing number of people involved in health promotion and health education throughout Western Australia and promote liaison between them. This resulted in the formation of the Western Australian Professional Health Educators' Association (WAPHEA) in 1985.
In response to interest shown in the organisation from health promotion professionals throughout Australia, WAPHEA changed its name, and in 1990 was nationally constituted as the Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals. Western Australia was the first Branch and was formed in 1992. There are now Branches in most states and the Northern Territory.
In May 1999 members voted to change the name of the Association to the Australian Health Promotion Association thereby reflecting the more inclusive and broader approach to its work. A new mission statement, objectives, and a new membership structure were developed to reflect the change in direction.
Today the Australian Health Promotion Association continues to evolve to be a contemporary professional body representing the health promotion profession and its members Australia wide. It upholds the highest of governance standards and collaborates at a National and State and Territory level to provide strategic and operational leadership for health promotion in Australia.