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Branches are heavily involved in professional development, including conducting seminars, workshops and training courses on a wide range of topics. Some branches also provide scholarships for health promotion students or graduates.

Most branches publish a regular state/territory-based newsletter informing members of current activities and discussing relevant local issues.

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2019 National Mentoring Program


The AHPA® mentoring program for people interested in or working in the field of health promotion. The National Mentoring Program is an important means for AHPA to achieve this aim, and we encourage all members to participate as mentees, mentors or both! Previous participants have described the program as enjoyable, nurturing, positive, mutually beneficial, rewarding and reassuring.

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Health Promotion Officer

Organisation: Department of Health

Location: Albany/Katanning

Level/Salary: HSO Level G5 $77,314 - $83,995 p.a. pro rata

Employment Status: This is a Recruitment Pool for Permanent Full Time, Permanent Part Time, Fixed Term Full Time, Fixed Term Part Time or Casual appointments with the possibility of extension(s) and/or permanency.

Description: The Department of Health is currently seeking to appoint a Health Promotion Officer for their Population Health Department at Albany. In this role you will undertake the development, implementation and evaluation of health promotion programs within the Great Southern region which are both multidisciplinary and intersectorial with a focus on community participation. You will also require a high level of interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively with stakeholders and the local community.

Closing Date: 2016-08-08 4:00 PM


General Enquiries

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A word from the outgoing Scholarships Coordinator...

So, I am running off to add another little one to my growing family. My time and energy will now be needed elsewhere. I have really enjoyed working with the wonderful AHPA WA team, Emma at Healthway and our scholarship recipients and host agencies.

Before I go, I wanted to share a bit about my time as the Scholarships Coordinator as I believe this is a unique job opportunity and for anyone who is considering the role, I would definitely say go for it! Don’t feel like you already need to be working as a ‘consultant’ – I wasn’t. Managing your own work and coordinating a large program can sound daunting, but if you have good organisation skills, the ability to learn as you go and ask plenty of questions, and a little bit of enthusiasm and passion for health promotion, you will be perfect for the role.

Coordinating the scholarships program has many benefits, including:

  • Expanding your networks
  • Remaining connected to the health promotion industry
  • Staying abreast of some of the latest health promotion pilot programs and trials
  • Being part of a one-of-a-kind program to develop and engage the health promotion workforce
  • Enhancing your skills and experience in grant management, recruitment and selection, and managing contracts and budgets (to name a few)
  • Flexible working conditions, with a choice of hours and the ability to work from home.

There are a number of supports in place to assist the new Coordinator, including templates, forms, work plans, ideas for PD planning, evaluation tools and, most importantly, the AHPA WA Leadership Group, Healthway staff and previous program coordinators.

To find out more click here. Good luck with your application!

Scholarships Coordinator 


Member Benefits and Services

Weekly Jobs and Events List

These lists provide members with a source of up-to-date information including upcoming education and social events, courses, weekly job opportunities and volunteer positions in the area of health promotion and public health.
See events and careers tabs for more information.

Mentoring Program

The mentoring program has been operating for several years, is exclusive to WA members and has received considerable commendation. Mentoring partnerships are carefully matched to meet the specific needs of each participant.
See mentoring tab for more information on how to be part of this great program.

Scholarships Program

The AHPA (WA Branch) in conjunction with Healthway offers six month paid scholarships to:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people interested in a career in health promotion
  • Undergraduates or postgraduates with a health promotion qualification from a WA University to work in the field of health promotion.

Health agencies and organisations are encouraged to consider the prospect of placing a graduate and/or an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person in a health promotion position that is fully funded by the scholarship.
Visit the scholarships website for more information.

Professional Development Workshops

Each year a range of professional and skill development workshops and social networking events are organised for members.

News from the West Newsletter and E-news

The AHPA WA Branch newsletter News from the West and monthly E-news distribution provides members with a valuable array of information and insight into what’s happening in health promotion

See news tab for more information on News from the West and make sure you tick to receive emails from WA when you sign up as a member to keep up to date with our E-news.

Student Careers Information Night

An annual Student Careers Information Night provides past health promotion graduates with an opportunity to share their career journeys and illustrate the diversity of career pathways available to graduates. It provides students with the opportunity to interact and speak to a range of government and non-government organisations in the health promotion area.


"Advocacy is a catch-all word for a set of skills used to create a shift in public opinion and mobilise the necessary resources and forces to support an issue, policy, constituency" (Wallack et al 1993, p27).
The WA Branch actively seeks to advocate on behalf of its members on a range of health and related social issues at a local or state level. The Association publishes letters, writes submissions, and/or contacts politicians regarding health issues such as road trauma, men's health, domestic violence, public transport and smoke free venues (just to name a few).

See working groups tab for more information

Working Groups

Leadership Group

The Leadership Group is responsible for ensuring strong governance of the committee, strategic and operational direction and support to the whole committee. The Leadership Group is responsible for liaising with National and key stakeholders and for overseeing the delivery of the AHPA (WA Branch) and Healthway Health Promotion Scholarships program.

Finance Audit and Risk Management (FARM) Subcommittee

The role and function of the Finance Audit and Risk Management (FARM) Subcommittee is to maintain the Branch’s finances and mitigate identified risks. FARM is also responsible for overseeing the development of the WA Branch Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

Advocacy and Partnerships Subcommittee

The main role of the Advocacy and Partnerships Subcommittee is to:

  • Contribute to raising awareness of the WA Branch as a recognised organisation who can provide expertise, information, and resources on health promotion policy and programs.
  • Comment on proposed policy, legislation, and programs (and other relevant documents) to advocate for sound health promotion practice in WA.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships to increase the profile of the WA Branch, in collaboration with the Leadership Group.

Member Services Subcommittee

The Member Services Subcommittee provides an avenue for communicating and engaging with members. The main role and responsibilities of the Subcommittee is to:

  • Raise awareness of the WA Branch and maintain/ increase membership;
  • Build the profile of the WA Branch; and
  • Communicate regularly with WA Branch members.

Capacity Building and Excellence Subcommittee

The main role of the Capacity Building and Excellence Subcommittee is to:

  • Build capacity and excellence in the health promotion workforce, through:
    • Providing and sourcing professional and leadership development opportunities for all members, from new graduates to more experienced practitioners, and the broader health promotion community in WA.
    • The mentoring program, which provides an opportunity for experienced health promotion practitioners to support early career practitioners.

Student Subcommittee and ex-officios

The main role of the Student Subcommittee is to raise the profile of the AHPA (WA Branch) at all represented universities. The Student Subcommittee provides future health promotion graduates with the opportunity to network and support the work of the Branch.

Ex-officios help to support the Committee to undertake activities throughout the year, without having voting rights. The ex-officios are allocated a Sub-Committee to work with.

Student Representatives

Catrina Wold (Student Coordinator), Michelle Ng, Paul Knight, Synthia Kelder, Elsa Mangan, Farhana Nasrin, Scarlett Duncan, Natasha Abbott, Amira Hosny


Lydia Cook, Lisa Rooke, Stacey-Mae Prokopyszyn, Kahlia McCausland, Denise Corlett, Amber Giblett, Belinda Grandoni, Ella Brook, Darci Miller, Indah Mohamed-Isa, Ellen Hart, Bethany Martin, Tonia Ledwith, Rebecca Collier.

Strategic Advisory Group (SAG)

The Branch Committee is supported by a Strategic Advisory Group (SAG), which is made up of senior health promotion practitioners from the variety of sectors who employ health promotion practitioners in WA. The SAG provides high level strategic support and advice to the Committee on key operational and strategic issues. The SAG assists the Branch to build a highly functional Committee, including the provision of mentoring and support to nurture future leaders.

Strategic Advisory Group

Ann Barblett, Tracy Benson-Cooper, Assoc Prof Juli Coffin, Jude Comfort, Gemma Crawford, Dr Jonathan Hallett, Tia Lockwood, Trevor Shilton, Dr Melissa Stoneham, Assoc Prof Lisa Wood, Libby Jardine, Ruth Wernham.


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Melinda Edmunds

Melinda has been involved in the WA Branch since 2014, starting in a Co-Vice Presidents role before taking on the Presidents role in July 2014. Melinda has worked in health promotion for six years in both injury prevention, and chronic disease prevention and management. Melinda brings experience in capacity building, governance, and developing stakeholder relationships. Melinda currently works at Diabetes WA in a Senior Project Officer role across the Health Services Division.


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Courtney Mickan
Vice President

Courtney has been a member of the WA Branch Committee since 2013 sitting with the Members Services subcommittee. Courtney’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Health Science (Life Sciences) from Flinders University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Promotion from Curtin University. She is currently working in a performance monitoring and reporting role with the Aboriginal Health Improvement Unit at WA Country Health Service maintaining a strong focus on outcome-based approaches for Aboriginal health programs. Courtney has previously worked in health promotion roles implementing programs in tobacco control, alcohol harm-prevention, early childhood development and mental health.


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Lorena Chapman

Lorena completed her undergraduate health promotion studies at Curtin University in 2009. Since then she has been working in the NGO sector, predominately on tobacco control and skin cancer prevention programs. She is currently working at Cancer Council WA on the Tobacco Programs team. Lorena has been a member of the AHPA (WA Branch) Committee since 2013.


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Lydia Cook

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Leisha Aberle

Leisha Aberle is a general committee member on the WA Branch. Leisha completed a bachelor degree in Nutrition in 2012 and continued with her studies completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion in 2015. Her current role at Foodbank WA involves working collaboratively with communities, schools and primary health agencies to plan and deliver nutrition and food skills programs in regional and remote communities across WA. Her previous work involved Diabetes Service Coordination in a Primary Health Care context in WA. Her most significant achievement on the committee has been overseeing the development and future endorsement of the WA Branch’s Reconciliation Action Plan.


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Stacey Nicole Keightley

Stacey is the Sponsorship and Health Promotion Manager at The West Australian Health Promotion Foundation (Healthway). Stacey has a passion for people, understanding what motivates them and how to influence changes in behaviour for the better. After 10 years in the commercial marketing sector in Sydney, Stacey returned to her hometown of Perth in 2012 and refocussed her efforts into health promotion. Stacey possesses a unique combination of marketing, media, sponsorship, online and health communication expertise and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing), Bachelor of Social Science (Politics) and a Post Graduate Diploma (Health Promotion).


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Lauren Zappa 

Lauren Zappa is a passionate health promotion practitioner with a keen interest in chronic disease prevention and the impact of climate change on health. She chairs the Capacity Building and Excellence Sub-Committee, regularly coordinating professional development opportunities for the health promotion community. Lauren’s currently studying her Master’s in Public Health via Deakin University. This builds on her existing Health Promotion degree from Curtin University. Lauren is currently the Manager of the Diabetes Prevention Unit at Diabetes WA. Over the last six years she has worked on a variety of programs, including SunSmart and Healthier Workplaces WA at the Cancer Council WA.


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Liz Bradshaw

Liz is a member of the Finance and Risk Management subcommittee. Liz is a Senior Health Promotion Officer at the South Metropolitan Population Health Unit, and is currently working with local government, WA health facilities and community groups to create settings that support good nutrition, physical activity and smoke free environments. Liz has a Bachelor of Exercise & Sport Science and Preventative Health, and a Masters in Health Science. She has previously worked in the Midwest of Western Australia as a Regional Health Promotion Officer with the WA Country Health Service, and as a Project Officer with the Department of Sport and Recreation.


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Sarah Di Cristofaro

Sarah is a member of the Capacity Building and Excellence subcommittee. Sarah is a Health Promotion Officer at the South Metropolitan Population Health Unit with the Armadale Team. She is currently working in partnership with the City of Armadale to deliver numerous nutrition initiatives, developing a coalition to address food insecurity in the City of Armadale, and is on a multi-sectorial working party to roll out an accredited TAFE course in leadership development and population health. Sarah has a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Health Promotion. She has previously worked at Child and Adolescent Community Health as a Health Promotion Officer.


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Amber Giblett

Amber Giblett is the chair of the Members Services subcommittee, and has been a member of the WA Branch committee since 2011. Amber graduated with a Bachelor of Science (health promotion) from Curtin University, and is currently completing a postgraduate degree in psychology. She currently works as a health promotion officer/population health coordinator at Great Southern Population Health, based in Albany. Her primary work areas are physical activity and nutrition, smoking cessation, social and emotional wellbeing and falls prevention. Amber enjoys the challenges (and many benefits!) of working in the country.


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Laura Hunter

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Chantelle Jeffrey
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Kirsty de Blanken

Kirsty has been involved in the WA Branch committee since 2014 and is the chair of the Advocacy and Partnerships subcommittee. Kirsty completed a Nutrition degree in 2006 and a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Promotion in 2007, both at Curtin University. She currently works as a Senior Health Promotion Officer at the South Metropolitan Population Health Unit in the areas of nutrition, tobacco control and alcohol harm prevention. Kirsty has experience working in NGOs and government organisations both in WA and the UK, delivering programs in the areas of nutrition, bowel cancer screening, women’s health and building stronger families.

Western Australia Branch

Health Promotion – be part of something great!

Welcome to the WA Branch of the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA).

The AHPA is the leading dedicated health promotion body in WA and is run by a team of volunteer health promotion professionals who meet on a monthly basis to progress objectives of the Association and provide support to its members.

WA was the first state/territory in Australia to form an AHPA Branch, and is your professional body when you work in health promotion. Become a member today and be a part of something great.

The AHPA (WA Branch) was developed as a result of the hard work and dedication of many leaders in the field of health promotion in WA. In 1985, Peter Howat became the first President of the WA Professional Health Educators Association (WAPHEA). Trevor Shilton took over this role in 1988. In 1989, a survey was conducted with 97% of members supporting the move for a name change to Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals (AAHPP) and a national focus. This was confirmed at the June 1990 AGM, and subsequently the National Association, conference, journal and policies followed.

More recently the name was changed to the Australian Health Promotion Association. The AHPA has become the professional association specifically for people involved in, or with an interest in the practice, research and study of health promotion. The AHPA (WA Branch) continues to recruit and provide services for WA based members.


To improve the health status of Western Australians by building the leadership capacity of our members and making health promotion a priority.

Core Business

The AHPA (WA Branch) Committee prioritises financial stability and good governance for the Branch, whilst continuing to deliver a range of core activities to serve the interests of members.

We also work hard to raise our profile and that of health promotion in WA via advocacy and building partnerships with key groups such as the Public Health Association of Australia (WA) and the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA.

Key Priority Areas 2015 – 2018

The WA Branch operational plan highlights the key focus areas that underpin the work of the WA Branch Committee to achieve in 2015-2018:

  1. A highly skilled and sustainable health promotion workforce
  2. Effective advocacy for health promotion issues
  3. A strong and responsive professional organisation

We will endeavour to meet the changing needs of our members and make health promotion a priority.

Carl Heslop


Carl is a Phd Candidate with Curtin University and is a rural based researcher and health promotion practitioner.

Carl joined the WA Branch Committee in 2016 and has served as a member of the Member Services and Advocacy and Partnerships subcommittees and as Vice-President. Carl is passionate about former strong partnerships and collaborations beyond health. Carl believes rurality is no barrier in serving the WA Branch and connects via social media (especially Twitter) and other means to prove that being based in the rural area is not a barrier to particiaption with AHPA or the workforce and research field.

WA AHPA Branch Scholarships Application

2019 Health Promotion Scholarship Program

2019 Health Promotion Scholarship Program
Want to kick start your career in health promotion?
Applications are now open for the AHPA (WA Branch) 2019 Health Promotion Scholarship
Program funded by Healthway.
FOUR scholarships are on offer for 2019:
Ø One graduate scholarship;
Ø One Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholarship;
Ø One regional scholarship; and
Ø One of any category.
Each scholarship offered is for a six-month full-time paid health promotion work placement
under the supervision of an appropriately experienced health promotion professional (parttime
options can be negotiated). The successful applicant’s salary (plus 20% on-costs) is
funded by the scholarship with access to additional professional development funding.

Get started by downloading the 2019 scholarships handbook, application form and project
proposal template from
Applications close: 5pm Friday 16 November, 2018
Need help finding a host agency? Or an eager applicant to develop a project with?
Contact the Scholarships Coordinator to discuss your application:
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For all General Enquiries please contact

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All mail can be directed to:

Postal Address:
38 Surrey Road
Keswick SA 5035


AHPA NT Branch offers scholarships of up to $2000 to support members and other NT based health promotion professionals to attend professional development opportunities. The aim of scholarships is to improve the health promotion capability for people working in the Northern Territory which will in turn improve the health of Territorians.

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Download application form


The Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA) Northern Territory Branch (AHPA NT Branch) is very pleased to announce professional opportunities for our members to become a mentee or mentor in the National Mentoring program. When you submit your applications mentors and mentees will be matched by the National Mentoring Working Group. Nationally, there are 50 mentee places available each year.

About The AHPA Mentoring Program:
• The mentoring partnership is a mutually beneficial partnership.
• Mentors volunteer their time to contribute towards personal development in health promotion.
• Mentees are expected to be committed, prepared and proactive.
• For mentors no more than 2 hours per month is expected.
• Mentor applicants are expected to have 4 or more years’ experience in health promotion.

All mentees and mentors for the next mentoring program will be matched and will receive confirmation via their emails.
If you would like to touch base and find out more information about the National Mentoring program for further information or discussion, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Northern Territory Branch

Health Promotion - Good health is good business

Welcome to the NT Branch of the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA). At AHPA NT we are a smaller and younger collective of volunteers who wish to contribute to the objectives of AHPA and support our local members. We organise professional development events throughout the year and meet every two months to collaborate all things ‘Health Promotion’.

AHPA NT is your professional body when you work in the field of health promotion, and is a great place to network with other like-minded health professionals. If you currently live in the NT, or are considering moving to the NT, we would love to hear from you! Get in touch. Become a member today and be a part of something that promotes good health and good business. Welcome to AHPA NT! We are a smaller branch, but no less exciting! If you live in the Northern Territory, or are interested in moving to the Northern Territory, we would love to hear from you!


The NT Branch is the leading health promotion association in the NT, dedicated to improving the professional development, networking opportunities and communication between health promoters. The NT Branch is committed to bringing health promotion professionals together through regular branch activities, events and group networking.
The NT Branch Executive meets on a bi-monthly basis to progress the objectives of the AHPA. Key priorities for the NT Branch and Executive include:

• Professional Development (including selected events, linking in with existing events and discovering innovative ways to build capacity)

• Scholarship program for NT Branch Members to access and attend professional development opportunities intra- and inter-state

• Communication with Branch Members to encourage networking of health promotion professionals in the NT.

The Australian Health Promotion Association is the leading dedicated health promotion body in Australia and is run by a team of volunteer Directors who meet on a monthly basis to progress objectives of the Association and provide support to its members. AHPA has become the professional association specifically for people involved in, or with an interest in the practice, research and study of health promotion.

We will endeavour to grow our presence across the NT to meet the changing needs of our unique community, and make health promotion a priority. Prevention is always better cure!


Meg Scolyer


Meg has been a member of AHPA since 2006, and after relocating to the NT recently, is excited to have joined the AHPA NT Branch Exec Committee. Meg has postgrad qualifications in both community development and health promotion; and has experienced a range of health promotion roles across urban and remote settings, with both government and non-government organisations. Meg is keen to connect with the health promotion workforce in the NT, and is particularly passionate about the translation of health promotion values in practice.

James Smith

Committee Member

Associate Professor James Smith is a Program Manager within the Office of Pro Vice Chancellor – Indigenous Leadership at Charles Darwin University. He has worked in the field of health promotion and education in South Australia and the Northern Territory for more than a decade. This has spanned research, policy and practice contexts, particularly in relation to Indigenous health and wellbeing. He has experience working in senior management and executive strategic health policy and planning roles in both government and non-government organisations. His research interests have predominantly focused on gender and health, particularly men’s health. Associate Professor Smith is a Fellow of the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA) and former AHPA Board member and past Chair of its Research, Evaluation and Evidence Translation Committee. Associate Professor Smith is also an Adjunct Research Fellow with the Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Innovation in Public Health at Curtin University. He is also an Associate Editor with the Health Promotion Journal of Australia and the International Journal of Men’s Health.

Dagmar Schmitt

Committee Member

Dagmar Schmitt worked in the Health Promotion and Public Health field over the last 20 years both in New Zealand and Australia. She has been based in the Northern Territory Department of Health (NT DoH) since 2006, and has held positions both in Health Promotion and Environmental Health with that Department. Dagmar is currently the acting Director of the Health Development Branch in NT DoH, however her permanent nominal position is that of Program Leader for Health Promotion in the NT and as such she is responsible for setting the strategic direction, policy and frameworks for Health Promotion across the Northern Territory. Dagmar has a keen interest in systems approaches, co-generation and translation of research, Continuous Quality Improvement, Health Literacy and action on Social Determinants of Health. Dagmar is currently a member of the Course Advisory Committee for the Bachelor of Health Science at Charles Darwin University (CDU), and has been appointed as an honorary university fellow associated the CDU School of Health for 3 years in December 2014. Dagmar holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, a Masters in Public Health and a Diploma in Management. Dagmar is on the Editorial Board for the Health Promotion Journal of Australia, and has been a member of the Australian Health Promotion since 2006 and on the NT Branch Executive since 2007.

Ben Christie


Ben has an academic background in health science with a double major in health promotion and health services management at Charles Darwin University. Ben has been a member of AHPA since 2015 and is currently employed at Menzies School of Health Research. A born local in the NT with fluent community and intercultural awareness and diverse workplace experiences in Healthcare Service, including patient care, medical records and administration, emergency provisions, and intensive care training at Royal Darwin Hospital. Ben devotes his time to the study of wellness and is passionate about understanding the role of whole food plant-based nutrition for optimal health as well as recognizing how government and industry can affect dietary choices and the environment. Ben is interested in actions on Social Determinants of Health, Empowerment, Community and Health Psychology, Ecological Perspectives, Collective Impact, Body Detoxification and Nutritional Biochemistry.

Tessa Wallace


Tessa completed a Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion (with Distinction) Majoring in Health and Sustainability at Deakin University, Melbourne.  After moving back home to Darwin in 2017, Tessa continued her higher education in Nursing to understand more about clinical health science and further her knowledge in both disciplines.  Tessa is currently studying at Charles Darwin University and works in the NT Government with the Alcohol and Other Drugs Directorate under the Banned Drinker Register.  Tessa has interests in AOD, human nutrition, food production and security, ecology and town planning on a global scale, particularly in developing nations, and is eager to intertwine the model and role of nursing with health promotion and empowerment.    

Public interest and toxic chemicals - The University of Sydney

The power of journalism and the science behind hazardous chemicals on our health

Join public health expert Professor Tim Driscoll and Walkley Award-winning journalists Kerry O'Brien and Carrie Fellner, as they discuss the role of scientific research and journalism to uncover the dangers of widely used chemicals.

Event details
Date and time:
 Thursday 19 September, 6 – 7.30pm
Venue: Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium
The University of Sydney (Camperdown/Darlington Campus)
Entry: free and open to all. For registations information, click here

Public interest and toxic chemicals - The University of Sydney

The power of journalism and the science behind hazardous chemicals on our health

Join public health expert Professor Tim Driscoll and Walkley Award-winning journalists Kerry O'Brien and Carrie Fellner, as they discuss the role of scientific research and journalism to uncover the dangers of widely used chemicals.

Event details
Date and time:
 Thursday 19 September, 6 – 7.30pm
Venue: Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium
The University of Sydney (Camperdown/Darlington Campus)
Entry: free and open to all. For registations information, click here

Scholarships available for NSW/ACT Members - DEADLINE EXTENDED

Health Promotion Symposium 2018

Applications close midnight, 24 June, 2018.

The Health Promotion Symposium 2018. Better Practice Better Placed will be held 23-24 August 2018 at Old Parliament House, Canberra. The NSW/ACT Branch of the Australian Health Promotion Association Ltd is offering 2 x $1000 scholarships to assist 2 members attend the Symposium. This scholarship is for registration costs, as well as assist members in covering their travel and accommodation expenses.

To find out more or to apply for a scholarship, click here.

Applications close midnight, 24 June, 2018.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Contact: 02 8374 3576 - Lian Turtle
Closing Date: 08/10/2017 - 11:59 PM

For more information, click the link below:



Branch Co-Presidents: Jennifer Evans and Julia Dray

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Postal Address:

PO Box M214
Missenden Road NSW 2050

New South Wales & ACT Branch

The NSW Branch was established in 2001 with Marilyn Wise as the interim President. A major impetus for the formation of the Branch was the Australian Health Promotion Association 14th National Conference which was successfully held in Sydney in 2002. Since that time the Branch membership has steadily grown.

In 2017 we merged with the ACT Branch and became the New South Wales – Australian Capital Territory Branch (NSW–ACT). This Branch now serves members in both NSW and ACT.

The Branch Committee is always seeking to improve on the services and information we provide to our members. To enable us to do this, we need your feedback. If you have an idea or suggestion please let us know. The Committee is also looking for members who would like to help on particular working groups but do not necessarily want to officially become a Committee representative. If you would like to become involved, we would love to hear from you.

Scholarships are available – watch this space!

All NSW-ACT members receive regular updates via email from the Branch. Topics include job opportunities, notice of professional development activities, international, national and state information relevant to the field of health promotion, notice of new resources and websites, the Branch newsletter health promotion signals and lots more.
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Seminars and Workshops

Suggestions are very welcome from members about events they would like our Branch to consider. Email suggestions to our Branch President This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Please be advised that opinions and comments made by presenters are not necessarily those of the NSW Branch Committee or its members.

Michelle Dickson

Committee Member

Dr Michelle Dickson is an Australian Aboriginal (Darkinjung/Ngarigo) academic in the Sydney School of Public Health, Sydney Medical School, the University of Sydney. She is the Director of Teaching and Learning, Course Director and Senior Lecturer on the Graduate Diploma of Indigenous Health Promotion Program, teaching graduate studies to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health professionals. She has particular interest in community development, health empowerment and bringing education and community into the same place at the same time. In addition to community health experience, she has a strong background in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education, employment, teaching, research, development and evaluation. Michelle has a particular interest in workforce development in the health sector. She has worked clinically in mental health and wellbeing, specifically in the alcohol and other drug sector and in health promotion with children, families and in school communities.

Josephine Chau

Committee Member

Dr Josephine Chau is currently Senior Lecturer at Macquarie University in the Department of Health Systems and Populations. She also has an adjunct affiliation with the Prevention Research Collaboration, Sydney School of Public Health, the University of Sydney.

Jo has worked in the field of physical activity and health promotion since 2005. Her areas of expertise include physical activity and sedentary behaviour epidemiology, measurement and intervention; workplace health promotion; and program evaluation. She is also interested in media analysis about communication of health issues, such as sitting guidelines for office workers and claims that "sitting is [not] the new smoking". Her current passion project is investigating the potential for co-ops to improve food and vegetable intake in families from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Li Ming Wen


Li Ming has extensive research experience in the fields of medicine, social science and public health in China and Australia. Since 2000, he has been the Research and Evaluation Manager in the Health Promotion Service of Sydney Local Health District. He is also an Associate Professor in Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, and holds a position as Adjunct Professor in both the School of Public Health, Fudan University, and the Faculty of Medicine, Tongji University, China.  He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters as well as a number of research reports. His current research interests include clinical trials and practice in the areas of obesity prevention, sexual health, physical activity, nutrition, active transport and tobacco control with specific expertise in the evaluation of public health and health promotion initiatives.

Rimante Ronto

Committee member

Dr Rimante Ronto is a Lecturer in Public Health and mixed methods researcher within the Department of Health Systems and Populations at Macquarie University. Rimante’s research interest is in the field of public health nutrition, in particular obesity prevention, adolescents’ dietary behaviours, food environments, food policy, food literacy, food and nutrition education, and community gardens. Her doctoral research project focused on the role of food literacy in shaping adolescents’ dietary behaviours.

Rimante is also a convener of several postgraduate units- Health Promotion and Disease Prevention & Global Nutrition and Food Security- within a Master of Public Health program. She is very interested in incorporating innovative strategies (e.g. social media- Twitter) into her teaching in order to engage students and help them to improve their learning experience.

Julia Dray


Dr Julia Dray is an early career researcher having recently completed her PhD thesis on resilience as a potential approach for the prevention of child and adolescent mental health problems. Julia is currently working as a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Hunter New England Population Health Research Group on an NHMRC Partnership Project relating to the provision of routine antenatal care for alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Julia also has experience in suicide prevention, clinical practice change and evaluation of complex health interventions. Julia is a member of the UoN School of Psychology Equity and Diversity working party, and joined AHPA as a member of NSW Branch Committee and Advocacy in Health Promotion Committee in 2016, the AHPA National Communications and Membership Committee in 2017, and is the NSW AHPA Branch Representative on the NSW Health Equity Alliance, NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS) for 2018.

Sarah Taki

Vice President

Dr Sarah Taki is a Senior Research Officer and Postdoctoral Research Fellow based at the Health Promotion Service, Sydney Local Health District and the Centre of Research Excellence in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood (EPOCH CRE). Sarah is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and recently completed her PhD which focused on engaging parents in an mHealth intervention which supported parents with infant feeding behaviours that promote healthy weight gain. Sarah’s current research focuses on to conduct research for the implementation of the Healthy Beginnings program in the real-world setting. Her role includes facilitating with the development, implementation and evaluation of the Healthy Beginnings programs.

Chris Rissel

Committee member

Chris Rissel is Director of the NSW Office of Preventive Health and Professor of Public Health with the School of Public Health, The University of Sydney. The NSW Office of Preventive Health focuses on childhood and adult obesity prevention. His current research interests focus on obesity prevention with a particular emphasis on active transport and cycling advocacy

Philayrath Phongsavan


Philayrath Phongsavan is Associate Professor in Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in the School of Public Health and the Prevention Research Collaboration, The University of Sydney. Philayrath is the academic lead in the disease prevention and health promotion stream in the Master of Public Health and Master of International Public Health degrees. Her research areas are in behavioural science, social epidemiology and health inequality, and investigating the effects of the built environmental on social relations and health behaviours. Philayrath is experienced in pragmatic evaluation of small- to large-scale translational health promotion programs.

Jennifer Evans


Jennifer first commenced integrating health promotion strategies into her clinical work as a speech pathologist in the 1980s and has continued throughout her career including her recent roles in food security and child safety roles at Red Cross. She has worked in many sectors including health, disability, child and family services, early education and care, community development and organisational development. She has a passion for workforce capacity development and approaches that facilitate consumer self determination.

Kate Johnson

Committee Member

Kate has a Bachelor of Science Population Health Degree and a Diploma of Project Management. While completing her diploma, Kate worked on a smoking cessation project targeted at marginalised high school students and university students located within Sydney Local Health District. She has been employed by NSW Health for over 7 years and is currently working at the Cancer Institute NSW. Kate previously worked for a youth mental health service and youth health service. From this experience, she discovered her passion in helping to improve the health of others and empowering people to make positive lifestyle choices through health education and health literacy. She believes prevention is better than cure. Kate is looking forward to the opportunity to both learn from and contribute to the AHPA NSW Branch Committee.

James Kite

Committee Member

James is currently Lecturer in Disease Prevention and Health Promotion within the Prevention Research Collaboration (PRC), School of Public Health, The University of Sydney. His work with the PRC is focused on two main elements:

  • the evaluation of social marketing and mass media campaigns, particularly the NSW Make Healthy Normal Campaign; and

  • research into how and why researchers do research and the interface between research and policy and practice.

He is also heavily involved in teaching postgraduate students, particularly those enrolled in a Master of Public Health. Additionally, he is conducting research into teaching and learning practices to help improve the learning experience for students. Before joining the University of Sydney, James worked in various NSW Government departments, predominately in research and evaluation of chronic disease prevention initiatives.

Freya MacMillan

Committee Member

Dr Freya MacMillan is a Senior Lecturer in Interprofessional Health Sciences, based in the School of Science and Health at Western Sydney University.

Freya is a diabetes prevention expert. She uses her research skills to inform the development, evaluation and translation of lifestyle programs for people at risk and living with diabetes. Freya has a particular focus on working with communities and partners to identify sustainable approaches. This involves close engagement with the end-users and deliverers of the interventions she develops throughout all phases of her research. She is a CI in the Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism Translational Research Unit (DOMTRU) funded by South Western Sydney Local Health District to tackle diabetes across the district.


Health Promotion Officer - Jewish Care

Health Promotion Officer

Help design and implement a range of exciting primary prevention and community education activitiesContribute positively to the health and well-being of the Victorian Jewish communityWork independently within a supportive and collaborative team environmentPart-time opportunityGenerous salary packaging benefits

Jewish Care Victoria, a not-for-profit organisation, is the largest provider of aged and community services for the Jewish Community in Victoria. We are proudly celebrating 170 years of service to the community. Services include Aged Residential Care, Assessment Referral and Individual Support Services, Community Aged Care, Disability, Mental Health, Youth and Family Services and Holocaust Survivors Programs.

We are now seeking an enthusiastic and team orientated person to join the Individual and Family Support team to help develop, implement and evaluate a range of primary prevention and community education activities to support the health and well-being of the Victorian Jewish community. This position is part time and based at our St Kilda Rd office, with activities delivered across the community. We are looking for a passionate and enthusiastic individual who understands the value of tailored and innovative health promotion resources for culturally diverse and/or faith-based audiences.

The key responsibilities of this role are:

Lead the implementation and evaluation of Shivyon, a two year family violence primary prevention projectContribute to the development and implementation of a range of primary prevention and community education activitiesDeliver professional development activities and training to a variety of audiences in the Victorian Jewish communityEngage with stakeholders from a wide range of backgrounds, including Jewish community leaders, organisations and relevant health promotion networks

To be successful in this role you will have:

A passion for health and education, with a strong commitment to the principles of gender equity, social justice and cultural safetyTertiary qualification in health promotion, community development or other relevant disciplineA thorough understanding of health promotion frameworks, particularly with respect to family violenceDemonstrated experience in project managementExcellent verbal communication, presentation and facilitation skillsA willingness to build a strong understanding of the needs of the Victorian Jewish community

Jewish Care is committed to the professional development of all staff, providing ongoing opportunities to upgrade staff skill set and expertise. We aim to provide the highest standard of professional and personal support offering flexibility and conditions not readily available elsewhere, including the option of maximising your income with salary packaging.

Jewish Care employs staff from all cultural and religious backgrounds and provides cultural and spiritual training in the Jewish Ethos. Our recruitment procedures reflect our commitment to the safety and protection of our clients. Relevant screening and police checks will be conducted.

(applications close Saturday 2nd February 2019)


If you would like to discuss this opportunity further please contact Cassandra Barrett (Team Leader - Healthy Communities) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (03) 8517 5908

Health Promotion Officer - Youth Justice.

Job Title

Health Promotion Officer - Youth Justice

 Correct Care Australasia (Correct Care) has entered an exciting phase of growth. Correct Care has been contracted to deliver primary health services to Victoria’s two Youth Justice custodial precincts: Malmsbury Youth Justice Precinct and Parkville Youth Justice Precinct, with service delivery commencing from 1 February 2019.

We are currently recruiting part-time Health Promotion Officer to work across the Parkville and Malmsbury Youth Justice Precincts.

If you have a passion for working in primary health, if you want to work in a unique environment and make a difference, and if you want to work in a multidisciplinary team that shares your dedication to healthcare without judgement, we have the job you are looking for!

The Company

Correct Care Australasia is Australia's largest outsourced correctional healthcare provider. Operating across all of Victoria's 14 publicly managed prisons, one private prison and two Youth Justice Precincts Correct Care provides primary healthcare services through a diverse and dispersed workforce of healthcare professionals across metropolitan and rural Victoria.

Custodial settings provide a unique opportunity to address a range of health issues and to meet the health needs of a population that is normally hard to reach.

The Role

We currently have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic Health Promotion Officer to work part time (1 day a week) working at the Parkville & Malmsbury facilities, alternating location each week. This position reports directly to the on-site Health Services Manager.

This role will be providing assistance to the Health Care team including:

Raising Prisoners awareness of health-related issues such as disease and disability & encouraging healthy lifestyles.Maintain a high level of integrity and professionalism with sound interpersonal skillsCoordinate and communicate to the team and patients alike in a correctional environmentIdentifying learning needs of health and correctional staff and Prisoners obtaining an understanding of appropriate clinical pathways.

Previous experience in Correctional Health is not essential, as support and a comprehensive orientation program is provided.

The Person

The successful applicant will have:

Tertiary qualifications in Health Promotion and/or Public HealthAHPRA registration if you are registered nurseDemonstrated experience in delivering health promotion, with a clear understanding of the health promotion duties and responsibilities of the roleA current Working with Children CheckPatient-centred approach to evidence based care deliveryDemonstrated knowledge of professional standards and legal and ethical requirementsDemonstrated ability to work effectively within a multidisciplinary environmentAdvanced computer literacy

To Apply

If you would like to have an initial confidential discussion, please contact our HR Department on 9252 1700.

A copy of the position description may be obtained by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Or send your resume and covering letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in MS Word format.

Please note: Applicants must have a right to work in Australia and will need to successfully undergo a police check. Only applicants selected for interview will be contacted.

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