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AHPA Event - Health Promotion Learning and Teaching Community of Practice

18 May 2022, 4:30pm-5:30pm

May meeting: Course accreditation and practitioner registration

Join us for the May meeting of the Health Promotion Learning and Teaching Community of Practice. We will explore the IUHPE Health Promotion Accreditation System, which aims to promote quality assurance, competence and mobility in Health Promotion practice, education and training globally. 

The System offers a voluntary process of registration of Health Promotion practitioners and accreditation of Health Promotion courses that are assessed as meeting specified competency-based criteria. The criteria for eligibility for practitioners and courses within the System build on the agreed IUHPE Core Competencies and Professional Standards. A brief update on Association activities will be provided, and we will also discuss opportunities for universities to partner with AHPA on student memberships, and hear about how a ‘university-funded student membership model’ operates at Deakin University.

Meeting details

  • Date: Wednesday 18 May 2022
  • Time: 2.30-3.30pm AWST, 4:00-5:00pm ACST, 4.30-5.30pm AEST
  • Location: Microsoft Teams


Rebecca Zosel (Executive Officer, Australian Health Promotion Association [AHPA])rzosel

Rebecca Zosel has 20 years’ experience in health promotion and public health. Her early roles in Australia, the Kingdom of Tonga and the United Kingdom has a focus on chronic disease prevention within local government and NGOs. For the past 10 years, Rebecca has run a successful consultancy with a focus on strategy and policy development, which has included being Lead Author of three national action plans. Rebecca is Co-Founder of the Australian Public Health Consultants Network, a member of the Parents' Voice Steering Committee, and an active volunteer in her local community on the Mornington Peninsula. Victoria. Rebecca did her undergraduate Health Promotion degree and Master of Public Health at Deakin University. She has taught Health Science undergraduate students at Monash University, and supervised student placements. Rebecca has been a member of AHPA for 20 years, and AHPA Executive Officer (0.3 FTE) since May 2021.

Rebecca will provide a brief update on Association activities and outline opportunities for AHPA membership and IUHPE accreditation.

Lucy Wickham (Chair, AHPA National Accreditation Organisation [NAO] Management Committee)lwickham

Lucy has worked in health promotion since 2005. She has experience across multiple sectors as a health promotion practitioner and in leadership roles including community health, local government, not for profit and primary care partnerships. Lucy's areas of focus have been wide-ranging and include healthy eating, tobacco-free living, prevention of female genital mutilation, tobacco control, oral health and prevention of violence against women. Lucy is currently working at Quit Victoria as Manager Communities and Places focused on equitable approaches to reducing tobacco-related harm at the community level. A long standing member of AHPA, Lucy was a member of the VIC/TAS Branch Committee for five years and became a Director on the Board of AHPA in 2020. She chairs AHPA’s Health Promotion National Accreditation Organisation Management Committee and is the Deputy Chair of the Registration Committee. Lucy has a Master of Health Promotion from Curtin University of Technology.

Lucy will discuss the pathway from being an IUHPE accredited course graduate to becoming a Registered Health Promotion Practitioner. The presentation will include:

  • a brief overview of registration system;
  • why registration is needed;
  • IUHPE accredited courses in Australia;
  • pathway to registration for graduates of IUHPE accredited courses; and
  • the benefits of registration.

Teresa Capetola
(Lecturer, Deakin University)tcapetola

Teresa is Lecturer and Course Director, Master of Health Promotion, in the School of Health and Social Development, Faculty of Health, Deakin University. She is a member of the Health Nature Sustainability Research team, Deakin University and Leads in Education for Sustainability. Teresa is also the Co-President of the Australian Health Promotion Association (Vic/Tas) Branch. She is the founder of Ascolta Women, a creative collective of multi-generation Italian Australian women framing their Italian heritage and migration legacies through diasporic feminisms. Her areas of interest are in social, cultural, gender diversities, and climate-related mental health promotion. She is the past Chair, Board of Governance, Women’s Health in the North.

Teresa will share Deakin University’s recent experience with applying for IUHPE course accreditation, including tips and tricks for the application process, and reflect on the process and benefits of Deakin’s university-funded AHPA student memberships.


The event is free for AHPA members and $25 for non-members.

Event registrations close Sunday 15 May 2022. The event link will be emailed to registrants on Tuesday 17 May 2022.

The event will be recorded and the recording will be sent to all registrants.

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