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Health Promotion Symposium 23-24 August 2018

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Health Promotion goes to Canberra for a two day Symposium - Thursday 23 and Friday 24  August 2018.

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Glen Paley Memorial Award: Applications now closed

Glen (Glenys) Paley (1961-2015) was a cherished member of the health promotion community.

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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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National Operational Plan Progress

The Board has undertaken a review of the progress to date on the 2014-2018 Operational Plan. You can read how we are tracking here:

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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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AHPA supports National Close the Gap Day 17 March 2016

National Close the Gap Day is about Indigenous health equality. The Aim of National Close the Gap Day is to 'bring people together, to share information — and most importantly — to take meaningful action in support of achieving Indigenous health equality by 2030'. You can find out more here: you can download resources, register to hold an event or pledge your support to close the gap.

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Breaking News: AHPA approved to become National Accreditation Organisation for Health Promotion Practitioners

Health Promotion professionals across Australia will soon have the opportunity to be accredited as a Health Promotion Practitioner. In a major boost for the credibility and profile of the Health Promotion profession in Australia, the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) has formally approved AHPA’s application to become the National Accreditation Organisation for Australia.

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Congratulations to Professor Billie Giles-Corti and Her Team

Congratulations to Professor Billie Giles-Corti and her team for their article:

B Giles-Corti, G Macaulay, N Middleton, B Boruff, F Bull , I Butterworth , H Badland, S Mavoa, R Roberts and H Christian. Developing a research and practice tool to measure walkability: a demonstration project. 2014. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 25(3), 160-166. Which won the 2015 Ray James Award for best paper in the Health Promotion Journal of Australia. The award was accepted by Dr Hannah Badland at the AHPA members’ meeting at the 2015 National Population Health Congress in Hobart (6-9 September).

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In Memory of Paul Pholeros: Farewell to a Remarkable Man

AHPA, along with the rest of Australia and many others in several countries, mourn the death of a great man: Paul Pholeros who died in RPAH in Sydney on the 1 February 2016.

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A Letter to members from the President at Christmas

The end of the year provides as a fitting opportunity to share with you some of AHPA highlights in this final update for 2015. It has once again been a big year and we have achieved a lot. For an update on AHPA news see the President’s End of Year Update 2015.

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AHPA Communiqués

The Australian Health Promotion Association provides regular updates on our work.

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What's happening in AHPA's Branches?

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Phone: 1300 123 637

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