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Health Promotion Scholarships Propelling Career Pathways

The Association would like to congratulate Carl and his team at the AHPA (WA Branch) Committee for their work in securing another three years of funding to deliver the long running AHPA (WA Branch) Healthway Scholarships Program.

WA Health Minister Roger Cook announced the funding in Broome over the weekend.

Over the next three years, the Healthway funding ($659,879) will support new graduates to develop their competencies for practice, provide on-the-job experience and contribute to building career pathways for health promotion.

Announcing the funding, Health Minister Roger Cook highlighted the importance of the program, "Building a skilful and diverse health promotion workforce, particularly in regional WA, is vital for improving health outcomes for Western Australians."

"This program has played a fantastic role in developing the careers of curious and talented Western Australians for almost 30 years." 

The program will offer up to four scholarships each year from the following categories: graduate scholarships; Aboriginal scholarships; and regional and remote scholarships. The program seeks to grow the regional health promotion workforce, and provide rural and remote allowances to support scholarship holders to relocate if needed.

"The Scholarships program is recognised as Western Australia’s flagship health promotion program, and builds on 27 years of history and success to launch the careers of the next generation of health promotion and public health leaders." AHPA WA Branch President, Carl Heslop.

"This program runs on the dedication and passion for health promotion of the volunteers of the WA Branch and I want to thank and acknowledge their work, and the support of the National Executive in achieving this funding outcome."

Since the program started in 1993 over one-third of all scholarship placements have been awarded to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. As part of the funding an Aboriginal Health Promotion Short Course will be available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people interested in a career in health promotion to help develop their health promotion knowledge and skills in a culturally secure way.

Hear more from Branch President, Dr Carl Heslop on the program here

You can also read more about the program in the Health Promotion Journal of Australia here.

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2021 AHPA Scholarships Program - Applications now open!
The Australian Health Promotion Association (WA Branch) Scholarships Program for 2021 is now accepting applications. The Scholarships Program is funded by Healthway and offers four six-month workplace scholarships starting in February 2021:

  • One Graduate scholarship
  • One Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholarship
  • One Regional scholarship (graduate and/or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) 
  • One scholarship of any category

Potential applicants:
The AHPA scholarship is the best way to kick-start your career in health promotion. Winning the scholarship will pay for six months of salary, working at an agency of your choice on a project you have developed.

To apply you can approach an agency with an idea for a potential project and submit an application with them, or email Myra, AHPA Scholarships Coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be matched with an agency and a project. Check your eligibility to apply on the Scholarships WA website:

Potential agencies:
Would you consider the prospect of hosting a new graduate in a health promotion position, working on a project funded by this scholarship?

If you have a new idea or an existing project that could be completed in six months by a motivated, health promotion graduate, please read more about the scholarship program and past projects on the Scholarships WA website: or express your interest to Myra, AHPA Scholarships Coordinator on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applications for the 2020 Scholarships Program are due Friday 13 November 2020

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