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Western Australia

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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All mail can be directed to:

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
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.


WAComm StaceyNicoleKeightley

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).


WAComm LaurenZappa

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.

Luke van der Beeke

Committee Member

I’m 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), I’ve 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). I joined the Committee to build closer ties to health promotion practitioners here in Perth, and to add my 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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