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Benefits of AHPA membership

Melbourne Vixens netballer Kaylia Stanton talks about the benefits of AHPA membership.


2022 AHPA Scholarships Program

The AHPA scholarship is the best way to kick-start to your career in health promotion. Winning the scholarship will pay 6 months full-time salary, working at an agency of your choice on a project you have developed. To apply, you can approach an agency with an idea for a potential project and submit an application with them, or email Myra, AHPA Scholarships Coordinator to be matched with an agency and a project.

Applications close 17 September 2021.

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Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli Fellowship for Writers

Open to mid-career writers, the fellowship is awarded to someone in recognition of their literary achievements and commitment to humanity demonstrated through their active participation and engagement in social justice issues. Applicants must be under the age of 40 and identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, LGBTQIA+, living with a disability, or culturally and linguistically diverse.

Applications close 15 August 2021.

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AHPA celebrates 100 Registered Health Promotion Practitioners!

Watch this exciting video which recognises and celebrates Registered Health Promotion Practitioners in Australia! 

Sustainable, professional workforce to boost health promotion efforts

Dr. Marguerite Sendall discusses progressing the preventive health agenda through professionalising the health promotion workforce.

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APHA Mentoring Program 2020-21

The AHPA® mentoring program is for people interested in or working in the field of health promotion. It is one of the strategies to build the professional capacity of our members. We are delighted with the response to our call for mentees and mentors and will be getting back to applicants as soon as possible!

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Media Release: Leading health groups call on government to address climate health impacts in National Preventive Health Strategy

23 September 2020

Over 30 health groups today released a Joint Statement calling on the federal government to address climate change in the National Preventive Health Strategy, which is currently in development. The Strategy’s Consultation Paper does not include climate change in its six focus areas, nor even mention “climate change”.

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Health Promotion Ethics Project

The Australian Health Promotion Association’s Health Promotion Ethics Project (HPEP) aims to advance critical practice and build the evidence base for health promotion in Australia.

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AHPA is pleased to announce the establishment of an Australian Health Promotion Teaching and Learning Community of Practice. The CoP will share ideas, resources, and expertise relating to health promotion courses, accreditation and scholarship of teaching and learning. Three characteristics are essential:

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Health Promotion Practitioner Registration

There are now nearly 90 Registered Health Promotion Practitioners in Australia!

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2019 End of Year Wrap Up + Operational Plan Update

The AHPA® Board, Branches and its committees work hard throughout the year to support and promote the health promotion profession and advocate for good health promotion policy, research and practice.

The final Communiqué is a bumper edition which includes Board updates and Branch yearly highlights!

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The Climate Crisis

Dr Joanne Walker, Director Policy and Strategy Development, National Rural Health Alliance and former AHPA® Director was successful in obtaining an AHPA bursary to attend the IUHPE conference in Rotorua earlier this year. As part of her application Jo committed to preparing an article on the conference. 

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IUHPE 23rd World Conference on Health Promotion - Bursary recipient reports

AHPA supported a number of members to attend the IUHPE 23rd World Conference on Health Promotion held in Rotorua, New Zealand 7-11 April. You can read about their experience here


The Community Health Ethics Board (CHEB) Working Group is pleased to provide AHPA members with an update on the CHEB pilot project. The aim is to develop a model that will build understanding of ethics for health promotion practice and the development of ethical informed practices within health and community based organisations in Australia.

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AHPA Annual Report now available

The AHPA 2019 Annual General Meeting Directors' report, Treasurer's report and Health Promotion Journal of Australia Editor's report are now available here. Find out all that AHPA has achieved in 2018!

Call for AHPA Board Nominations

The Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA®) nominations to the Board of Directors for the 2019-2020 term has now closed

The AHPA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Statement

The AHPA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Statement

AHPA aims to celebrate diversity, encourage inclusion and promote equitable outcomes for people of different gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, ability, ethnicity, race, and culture.

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The AHPA® Board, Branches and its committees work hard throughout the year to support and promote the health promotion profession and advocate for good health promotion policy, research and practice.

The final Communiqué is a bumper edition which includes Board and Branch yearly highlights and AHPA Health Promotion Symposium scholarship recipients reports! Enjoy!

End of Year Communique 2018

Health Promotion Practitioner Registration Webinar

The AHPA  webinar on what's involved in registering as a Health Promotion Practitioner was a great success. The video is now available!

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23rd IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion

The 23rd IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion is now over! The Conference was held in Rotorua, New Zealand from 7 – 11 April 2019 and AHPA is proud to have been a partner. View the Rotorua Statements and stay tuned for more.

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#AHPA2018 - Six reflections on Health Promotion

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Well done to the organising committee for making the Symposium happen.

Croakey has an article Six reflections on health promotion – following AHPA2018 already up which you can find here.

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Dr Hannah Badland announced as inaugural Australian Health Promotion Association Thinker in Residence

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The AHPA Board is pleased to announce Dr Hannah Badland as the inaugural AHPA Thinker in Residence

What is the AHPA Thinker in Residence?

AHPA recognises and rewards excellence and innovative thinking and is committed to progressing contemporary, evidence, informed, equitable and ethical health promotion practice, research and policy. Establishing a prestigious award, the AHPA Thinker in Residence, was one way to recognise and support outstanding thinkers in health promotion who are undertaking novel and transformative work that has the potential to profoundly impact and / or transform a broad area of practice or policy.

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Announcement of the Editor in Chief/ Editorial Team and publishing house for HPJA for 2018

The Board of the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA®) together with the Research, Evaluation and Evidence Translation (REET) Committee would like to announce effective from January 01, 2018 the publication of the Health Promotion Journal of Australia will be housed with Wiley Blackwell Publishing.

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Commitment to Health Promotion Workforce in WA

The Health Promotion Scholarship Program WA is open now – this is a great opportunity for people in WA.

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Ray James Memorial Lecture 2017

The AHPA WA Branch AGM includes a lecture and this year it’s been filmed for you to view.

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First Nations Wellbeing Statement

AHPA was a proud partner of the 2017 World Congress on Public Health and the World Leaders Dialogue on Suicide Prevention for First Nations people held in Melbourne in April 2017.

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AHPA supports Marriage Equality - vote YES

We support marriage equality and demand action now. We have joined the Australian Marriage Equality movement along with thousands of other. We strongly encourage all members to vote YES for this long overdue reform.

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Health Promotion research alive and well!

Ray James Award winners Kristi Heesch and Michael Langdon reflect on their award and what it means to them and their work.

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Calling All Members!

As we head to the end of the financial year AHPA is reminding all members to encourage others to join our Association!  

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AHPA SA Advocacy in action

AHPA SA and PHAA SA argued for greater investment in prevention in the South Australian Department of Health.

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PhD Scholarship Opportunity

CQU Rockhampton is offering a PhD Scholarship - it closes on the 27th February 2017 so be quick!

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Calling all researchers!

AHPA researchers are invited to participate in a study on guidelines for ethical decision-making about social media.

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APHP Queensland reports on advocacy for health promotion

Advocacy in Action: Proposal for a Queensland Health Promotion Commission

In March 2015, a change of state leadership provided optimism and hope for investment and future direction for health promotion in Queensland. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made a pre-election commitment to establish a Queensland Health Promotion Commission - an indication that the value of health promotion and prevention is strongly on the government’s agenda.

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AHPA Operational Plan Progress September 2016

The AHPA® branches, Board and its committees work hard throughout the year to support and promote the health promotion profession and advocate for good health promotion policy, research and practice.

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Health Promotion Practitioner Registration

Health Promotion Practitioner Registration - Apply Now!

The Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA®) is the National Accreditation Organisation (NAO) for the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) in Australia.  

Health Promotion professionals across Australia now have the opportunity to apply to earn the title IUHPE Registered Health Promotion Practitioner.

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Spotlight on the work of AHPA members

Read Karen McPhail-Bell’s story about tweeting for AHPA in July 2016.

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AHPA WA Member Profiles

What kind of work do people do when working in health promotion? AHPA WA has collected stories from their members to put a face to health promotion in practice. Read more...

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New Event: Optimising Health: Salutogenic approaches to health practice, policy, research and education

26 Sep 2016 - 27 Sep 2016. Ann Harding Conference Centre. University of Canberra, ACT

This is a multi-disciplinary event bringing national and international speakers and delegates from a variety of disciplines together to be informed and inspired to challenge, re-think and re-vision healthcare; focusing on wellness rather than illness.

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AHPA Victoria session on advocacy – video available for members!

AHPA Victoria held their first Professional Development session for 2016 on April 19th. The session focused on advocacy and special guests speakers for the night were Jane Martin from the Obesity Policy Coalition and Ben Hubbard, General Manager of Public Policy and Strategy.

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Your Invitation to Respond - Discussion Paper: Towards a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being

A 2015 global survey of national climate change and health plans confirms Australia lags behind comparable countries in responding to the health impacts of climate change.[i]

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Glen Paley Award to Melinda Edmunds!

Melinda Edmunds, WA Branch President and AHPA 2016 Conference Co-Convenor is the inaugural winner of the Glen Paley Award. Judges noted Melinda’s passion and proactivity for health promotion and the Association

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Ray James Award presented at AHPA 2016 conference

Annabel Axford and Drew Carter were presented with the Ray James award for their article Building workforce capacity for ethical reflection in health promotion: a practitioner’s experience.

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Food and drink marketing in the ACT - community consultation results

The ACT Government have now released the findings from the community consultation on food and drink marketing. A summary of findings from the consultation, and non-confidential submissions, have been published on the ACT Government Healthy Living website.

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Looking Back, Looking Forward - new virtual HPJA now available

AHPA is pleased to announce the second virtual issue of the Health Promotion Journal of Australian.

This Ottawa Charter edition provides a fascinating sample of articles published in the HPJA since the Journal’s inception in 1991. The articles, written by many of Australia’s health promotion leaders over the years, illustrate the way Australia has adopted the principles of the Ottawa Charter.

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Congratulations to Prof Fran Baum!

AHPA congratulates Professor Fran Baum, on her AO in the Queen’s Birthday Honours awarded recently. Fran was awarded the AO for her distinguished service to higher education as an academic and public health researcher, as an advocate for improved access to community health care, and to professional organisations.

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Australian health groups join global call on G7 nations to phase out coal

Dear Members,

We are increasingly concerned about the impacts on the health of the Australian and global population from climate change – and the increased burden on the health sector from illnesses associated, for example with the air pollution caused by coal and diesel combustion. We want Australia (and the rest of the G7) to shift to cleaner, healthier energy sources, and source more electricity from the sun and the wind – this is better for people’s health, and better for the planet!

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Media Release from AHCRA 31 March 2016

Health Alliance welcomes Greens’ new policies on hospital funding and private health insurance rebate.

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