Ray James was a great and admired thinker and innovator in health promotion and was an experienced figure in community based public health in Australia. His early work was in the USA, India, New Zealand and Latin America until he moved to WA in 1980. After a brief return to the USA he spent about five years on the North Coast of NSW. His work in the area of community based health promotion interventions in NSW was well published and among Australia’s earliest and best known health promotion initiatives of that time. His return to WA in early 1990’s saw him hold a number of positions including at the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University, as a senior manager in the Health Department of WA including directing public health programs in the SW from Bunbury, a period at the Institute of Child Health Research, and in later years at the Centre for Behavioral Research in Cancer Control at Curtin University where he has directed the Mentally Healthy WA project.
Since the early 1990’s Ray was a member of the research team that developed and revised health promotion competencies for health promotion practitioners. The work resulting from these projects has received substantial international coverage, and has been used in several other countries. Ray contributed extensively to a number of professional associations, in particular the Australian Health Promotion Association. As well as being a member of the National Management Committee he served for many years on the WA Branch committee in various roles including terms as Branch President. Ray was one of the founders of the Health Promotion Journal of Australia and a founding editor.
Common themes of his professional work included: innovation; willingness to risk trialing new approaches; mentoring early-career professionals and helping others beyond the call of duty. In 2000 Ray was awarded a Life Membership of the Australian Health Promotion Association in recognition his outstanding and distinguished service to the Association and to health promotion in Australia. Following his death in early 2008 the Australian Health Promotion Association endorsed the establishment of an annual award in his memory.
- The Ray James Memorial Award is presented for excellence and innovation in health promotion research published during the previous year in the Health Promotion Journal of Australia. The first author must be a member of AHPA.
- If no articles are considered to meet the selection criteria for the year the Award will be held over to the following year
- The Award will be presented at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Association, during the Australian Health Promotion Association National conference or at another suitable time as agreed by the Board
- The Award will include $1,000 prize money. In the case of multiple authors this money will be shared between the authors. The award recipient/s may be invited to write a brief article for the Australian Health Promotion Update national newsletter outlining how the prize money is intended to be used.
Axford, A. & Carter, D.
2015 article: Building workforce capacity for ethical reflection in health promotion: a practitioner’s experience
Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 26(3) 222-230. 2015
Giles-Corti, B., Macaulay, G., Middleton, N., Boruff, B., Bull, F., Butterworth, I., Badland, H., Mavoa, S., Roberts, R., & Christian, H.
2014 article: Developing a research and practice tool to measure walkability: a demonstration project.
Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 25(3), 160-166. 2014
Roberts, M., Pettigrew, S., Chapman, K., Quester, P., & Miller, C.
2013 article: The advertised diet: an examination of the extent and nature of food advertising on Australian television.
Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 24(2), 137-142. 2013
Comfort, J., & McCausland, K.
2013 article: Health priorities and perceived health determinants among Western Australians attending the 2011 LGBTI Perth Pride Fairday Festival.
Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 24(1), 20-25. 2013
Leavy, J. E., Heyworth, J., Middleton, A., Rosenberg, M., & Woloszyn, M.
2012 article: Tap into Good Teeth-a Western Australian pilot study of children’s drinking patterns.
Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 23(1), 42-47. 2012
Adams, J., Molyneux, M., & Squires, L.
Sustaining an obesity prevention intervention in preschools.
Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 22(1), 6-10. 2011
Wise, M., Harris, P., Harris-Roxas B., & Harris, E
2009 article: The role of health impact assessment in promoting population health and health equity
Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 20(3), 172-179. 2009
A special commendation certificate was awarded to: Jillian Adams, Avigdor Zask and Uta Deitrich
for their article in the August 2009 issue: Tooty Fruity in Preschools; an obesity prevention intervention in preschools targeting children’s movements skills and eating behaviours.