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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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AHPA National Mentoring Program


The AHPA® mentoring program is 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. AHPA is currently reviewing how to offer a contemporary mentoring progream for members in 2020 - watch this space!

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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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38 Surrey Road
Keswick SA 5035

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).

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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
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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.

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Our Reflect RAP takes a holistic approach to create meaningful relationships, enhance respect and promote sustainable opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. We have developed our RAP to enhance inclusivity and engagement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our communities. Through our RAP we will support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to become members of our association and support them to work in the Health Promotion field in order to better represent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our sector.

Read a copy of our RAP here

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.

Luke van der Beeke

Committee Member

Luke is a multi-disciplinary behaviour change practitioner with 25 years’ experience delivering health, environmental and social change programs in Australia and overseas. A Fellow of both the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI), Luke has worked on projects covering numerous health topics including NCD’s, infectious disease control, mental health, sexual health, public safety, injury management, family and domestic violence. One of several career highlights was working for two years as an advisor on the Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England (the Marmot Review). Luke joined the Committee to build closer ties to health promotion practitioners here in Perth, and to add his breadth of experience to the mix.

Monique Lobb

Committee Member

Monique joined the WA Branch Committee in 2019 and brings over twenty years’ experience in population health, having worked in government and non-government organisations across Australia. Monique has an active interest in advocating for and supporting greater investments in health promotion, health literacy and evidence translation activities and initiatives. Having worked in the Pilbara region of Western Australia for a number of years, Monique is passionate about rural and remote health and wellbeing and workforce development.

Samantha Menezes

Committee Member

Samantha has been an WA Branch Committee member on and off since 2017. Sam is a IUHPE Registered Health Promotion Practitioner and graduated with a degree in Health Promotion from Curtin University in 2016. Sam currently works in the role of Program Quality and Practice Lead in the Local Drug Action Team Program at the Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) and has previous experience in managing a small team to deliver health promotion programs focused on reducing harm from alcohol and other drugs to our community, especially young people. Some exciting work Sam has been involved in at the ADF is leading the Planet Youth Model pilot in Australia, working alongside a very committed group of people from across the country. Sam is currently completing a Master of Business (Exec) at the UNSW and is enjoying being able to discuss and advocate for Health Promotion in units like Marketing Management. A very interesting book if you are interested is: Brands on a Mission: How to achieve Social Impact and Business Growth Through Purpose. I look forward to the year ahead.

Carl Heslop


Carl is a rurally based professional problem-solver who enjoys a challenge. Carl recently completed a PhD (Curtin University) with a rural Participatory Action Research (PAR) project that developed and validated the Rural Sexual Health in Youth (RuSHY) Framework to inform the planning, implementation and evaluation of multi-level community-based sexual health interventions for young people. This study was conducted by the Collaboration for Evidence, Research, and Impact in Public Health. Carl currently works for Headspace Albany in both a Health Promotion and clinical role (Nursing) and serves as a Director with Amity Health. Carl has been on the AHPA WA committee since 2016 and served as Vice-President before becoming President in 2019.

Sharon Swaney

Committee Member

Sharon graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Public Health) (Honours) from Curtin University at the end of 2017. She currently works as a Health Promotion Officer for the Amanda Young Foundation, as Puppet Project Coordinator for Beat the Bugs Puppet Show, for the Cancer Council on the SunSmart Van and as a Community Advocate for Telethon Kids Institute. Sharon is passionate about increasing vaccination rates, issues of equity across all socio-economic levels and the wellbeing of children.

Briony Williams

Committee Member

Briony has been a WA Branch committee member since 2018. Briony has worked in the health research area for many years, and is currently positioned at the Western Australian Health Translation Network (WAHTN) as a Coordinator for the Consumer and Community Involvement Program. She is passionate about supporting researchers and community members to work together to improve the translation of research into policy and practice. Briony has a background in exercise science, and completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Health Promotion in 2012.

Melissa Evans

Committee Member

After growing up in the Wheatbelt, Melissa moved to Perth to complete her undergraduate and Honours degrees in Psychology. In 2017, she completed her Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion and in 2018 was awarded the AHPA WA Branch Health Promotion Scholarship (Graduate). Her scholarship project, based at the Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Impact in Public Health (CERIPH) at Curtin University, researched alcohol and connectedness amongst young people who play community sport. Melissa now works at the Alcohol and Drug Foundation on their Good Sports program. Melissa joined the AHPA WA Branch committee in 2019 and has enjoyed helping with advocacy submissions and is on for Capacity Building and Excellence subcommittee.

Cassandra Bordin

Committee Member

Cassandra is an IUHPE Registered Health Promotion Practitioner, having completed her Double Degree Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Health Promotion at Curtin University. Cassandra joined the AHPA-WA Branch Committee at the end of 2019, after previously volunteering on the Student Subcommittee. She is looking forward to learning from fellow peers and sharing ideas to further engage early-career health promotion professionals.

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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Working Groups


The Social Media Working Group manages and moderates the AHPA NT Facebook Page. The page aims to provide weekly updates on health promotion related content, health education and local events. The Working provides weekly updates Group is responsible for ensuring effective social marketing, stakeholder engagement and local advocacy that seeks to influence public policies as they impact on population health.


For all General Enquiries please contact

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All mail can be directed to:

Postal Address:
38 Surrey Road
Keswick SA 5035

Member Benefits and Services


Local Scholarships Program (NEW!) AHPA NT Branch offers local scholarships of up to $1000 to support members and other NT based health promotion professionals to attend professional development opportunities. The local scholarships program aims 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

Annual AHPA National Conference Scholarship Scheme: This scholarship round provides upto the value of $1000) is awarded for a member to attend the AHPA national conference. The scholarship is for conference registration and /or travel costs.


AHPA NT 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 up to 50 mentee places available each year, and applications close before the month of June.

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.
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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. Benefits of Registration include:

• Improved career opportunities nationally and internationally
• Enhanced professional recognition
• Improved confidence in the profession
• Consistency in interpretation of standards and codes of practice
• Use of an internationally recognised brand on promotional materials

Registration lasts for up to three years and the fee for registration is discounted if you are an AHPA member.


The Health Promotion Journal of Australia (HPJA) is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes high-quality research and critical perspectives from researchers, decision-makers, and practitioners that contribute to improving knowledge and evidence for health promotion actions across Australasia. The HPJA is the official publication of AHPA and publishes three times a year in print and online.

AHPA Members have free access to HPJA, which includes manuscripts that address social and ecological determinants of health and/or issues relating to the promotion of health equity.


Northern Territory Branch

Health Promotion - Good health is good business

AHPA NT would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of land upon which we meet and work, and their continuing connection to land, sea, and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

Welcome to the NT Branch of the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA). At AHPA NT we are a smaller collective of volunteers who wish to contribute to the objectives of AHPA and support our local communities.
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 public 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 with us today to become a member and be a part of something that promotes good health and good business.


The NT Branch is the leading health promotion association in the NT, dedicated to advocacy in health, improving 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 opportunities.

The NT Branch Executive meets on a monthly basis to progress the objectives of AHPA. Key priorities for the NT Branch include:

• Advocacy – We are committed to advocacy at the local, or territory level on a range of health and related social issues. AHPA NT is a member of NT Council for Social Service (NTCOSS) and Multicultural Council for NT (MCNT).
• Professional Development – We organise and collaborate with existing health professional bodies and support innovative ways to build capacity and the local workforce.
• Scholarships – We provide financial support for NT Branch Members to access and attend professional development opportunities intra- and inter-state.
• Communication – We co-facilitate ongoing networking opportunities for health promotion professionals in the NT.
• Mentoring – We encourage early-career health professionals to be engaged and assisted through AHPA’s National Mentoring Program

Nationally, the Association is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board Directors nominate and are accepted at the Association’s Annual General Meeting. They assume responsibility for the governance and strategic direction of the Association ensuring that it is meeting its Constitutional requirements. 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!


Dr. Buaphrao Raphiphatthana

Committee Member

Dr Buaphrao Raphiphatthana completed her PhD in psychology in 2018 at Victoria University of Wellington. Her research covers positive psychology, cross-cultural studies, early intervention, prevention, translation and implementation science. Particularly, she is passionate about the use of strength-based interventions to enhance wellbeing and cultivate resilience for people from culturally diverse backgrounds. Her current work in mental health promotion involves translation and dissemination of strength-based mental health messages to promote resilience and wellbeing within First Nations communities in the NT through educational videos and social media campaign.

Chantelle de Lastic

Social Media/Advocacy Committee Member 

Chantelle de Lastic currently works alongside communities in the Red Centre, in her role with the NTG Department of Health as the Oral Health Promotion, Planning and Evaluations Officer. After igniting her passion for health promotion at the University of the Sunshine Coast, she undertook a dual Bachelor of Health (Health Promotion) & Arts (Human Services). Chantelle has a strong connection to the Central Australian people, community and landscape. As such she considers one of her professional successes to be her return to the red centre after participating in her student placement back in 2016.

Chantelle is passionate about: health literacy, health promoting settings, food security, community empowerment approaches, culturally appropriate health communication and strategies that action the social determinants of health. External to her professional world, Chantelle enjoys hiking, the performing arts and embracing the vibrant lifestyle the Northern Territory has to offer.

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.

Vincent He

Social Media/Advocacy Committee Member 

Vincent is a statistician with diverse experience in the research fields of mental health, Indigenous health, demography, early childhood development, school education, child protection and juvenile delinquency. In 2016, Vincent completed a PhD study which used data-linkage and survival analysis to investigate the long-term health outcomes of NT Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Prior to his current research, Vincent worked on a Menzies project that develop a culturally appropriate tool to identify the support needs of Indigenous cancer patients ( Previously, Vincent was at Singapore Institute of Mental Health, where he took lead responsibility for the statistical analysis for a nation-wide epidemiological study on the mental health status of the national population. His current research focuses on using data-linkage to inform a public health approach to child protection and youth justice in the NT.

Himanshu Gupta

Committee Member 

Himanshu is an experienced physiotherapist, clinical researcher, and public health professional. He holds a Doctoral degree in public health, with a focus on health promotion and policy. He is an early career researcher with substantial research, policy, and practice experience spanning alcohol and other drugs, gambling, chronic diseases, mental health, and social services settings, in diverse national contexts (Australia, India, and the UK) and with various population groups. He has used both quantitative and qualitative research methods and has experience in conducting implementation and evaluation studies. He has been awarded multiple research grants, amounting to more than $900,000. He has published several papers in international journals and newsletters and serves as a reviewer for international journals.

Currently, he works as a Research Fellow at the Alcohol and Other Drugs and Gambling research team at Menzies School of Health Research. He manages multiple Northern Territory Government (NTG) funded research and evaluation projects relating to gambling, youth, mental health, and Indigenous-focused research. He also contributes to teaching at Charles Darwin University (CDU), as an examiner for Higher Degree by Research theses.

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 in the Alcohol and Other Drugs, Gambling (AODG) unit. He has supported over $2 million in competitive research grants and evaluation consultancies. This includes a range of research and capacity building projects relating to health literacy, Indigenous health, social and emotional wellbeing and youth justice reinvestment.

Ben is a born local in the NT with fluent community and intercultural awareness, and acquires strong diverse workplace experiences in healthcare services, including patient care, medical records and administration, emergency provisions, and intensive care training. He devotes his time to the study of wellness and is passionate about understanding the role of plant-based nutrition for optimal health and aspires to bring nutrition into medical education and research.

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.

Dr. Anshul Kaul


Dr Anshul Kaul is a clinician turned health promotion professional. Her qualifications include Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Master of International Public Health and Master of Public Health in Health promotion and Disease Prevention. She has worked in remote and rural communities both in India and Australia, and has experience working in government and non-government sectors, including Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations.
Her work in health promotion has involved translating research into evidence-based best practice through projects such as smoking cessation and more recently oral health.

Anshul has a strong interest in social determinants of health and has been volunteering in a range of social initiatives. She is also an active member of Multicultural Council of the NT, Climate Action Darwin, NT Writers Centre and Alliance for Cavity Free Future. Additionally, she is also a part of the AHPA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Working Group.

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!

Portfolio Coordinator – Smoking Cessation Support Services

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Total Remuneration Package: $108,256 - $123,412 plus superannuation and leave loading
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Closing Date: 08/10/2017 - 11:59 PM

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Branch Co-Presidents: Jennifer Evans and Julia Dray

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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 (Ex Officio)

Dr Michelle Dickson is an Australian Aboriginal (Darkinjung/Ngarigo) academic in the Sydney School of Public Health, Sydney Medical School, the University of Sydney.

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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.

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Li Ming Wen

Committee Member

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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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