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:
- a) The domain: A CoP is not merely a network of connections between people. It has an identity defined by a shared domain of interest. Membership implies a commitment to health promotion teaching and learning, and a shared competence that distinguishes members from others.
b) The community: In pursuing their interest in health promotion teaching and learning, members engage in joint activities and discussions, help each other, and share information. They build reciprocal learning relationships.
c) The practice: Members are practitioners. They develop a shared repertoire of resources: stories, tools, ways of addressing problems —a shared practice.
The CoP supports AHPA’s strategic priority of a highly skilled and sustainable health promotion workforce and will support advancement of the health promotion profession and discipline via:
a) a mechanism to engage training health promotion practitioners;
b) a platform to establish the professional development needs of those working in health promotion learning and teaching; and
c) an agenda for contemporary scholarly research that is timely and relevant.