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Professionalising Health Promotion

HPJA Virtual Issue on HP Workforce now available

Listen to AHPA Life Member Trevor Shilton introduce the latest HPJA Virtual Issue on Health Promotion Workforce. CLICK HERE TO WATCH

Click here to view the HPJA Virtual Issue on Health Promotion Workforce

This virtual issue of the Health Promotion Journal of Australia addresses the vital matter of the health promotion workforce. Eleven papers highlight the importance of workforce capacity in the effective delivery of health promotion. As we move towards accreditation of the workforce it is interesting to examine, through the HPJA, issues related to developing and supporting skilled and agile health promotion workforce.

Progress on the National Accreditation Organisation Committees

The Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA®) is pleased to provide an update on the work of the National Accreditation Organisation (NAO).

The NAO is responsible for developing and implementing the process for the registration of eligible health promotion practitioners through (1) the implementation of the IUHPE Health Promotion Practitioner System and (2) a continuing professional development program.

The Management Committee and Sub-Committees (committees) are meeting regularly and we are on track to offer members the opportunity to apply for registration as a Health Promotion Practitioner during 2017.

In late April letters or emails were sent to:

  • A selection of staff in Universities around Australia who are involved in the provision of health promotion related courses - here.
  • Key stakeholder organisations informing them of the forthcoming registration process - here.
  • AHPA members providing an update on the registration system - here.

A powerpoint presentation providing an overview of the registration process is available - here. This was presented at the 15th World Congress on Public Health in Melbourne April 2017.

By way of background, in early 2016 AHPA was approved by the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) to become the NAO for Australia. We now have a governance structure that includes:

AHPA NAO Management Committee
AHPA NAO Assessment Sub-Committee
AHPA NAO Continuing Professional Development Sub-Committee
AHPA NAO Public Relations & Communications Sub-Committee
AHPA NAO Appeals and Complaints Sub-Committee

The attached ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ clarifies the health promotion practitioner registration process and the role of the NAO.

Further information can be found at and

For more information, contact Andrew Jones-Roberts, Chair, AHPA National Professionalising Health Promotion Sub-Committee on T: 0410416248 

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