Melinda Edmunds, WA Branch President and AHPA 2016 Conference Co-Convenor is the inaugural winner of the Glen Paley Award. Judges noted Melinda’s passion and proactivity for health promotion and the Association
In 2016, the Glen Paley Memorial Award was established to recognise individual achievement within the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA®), contributing to its mission of “Leadership in Health Promotion”. The Award provides an opportunity to recognise the valuable contribution and commitment of our Board and Branch Committee members, to the operation of the Association and its membership.
I feel incredibly honoured that I am the inaugural winner of the Glen Paley Memorial Award. Although I never knew Glen, she was instrumental in the work of AHPA® and it is an amazing award to be recognised for. The reason I joined the AHPA® (WA Branch) Committee three years ago was to enable health promotion to have a voice. I believe that to have a voice you need to step up and be a leader in the field. This doesn’t mean that you necessarily have to take on the President’s role like I have, however you need to be committed to the cause. I am fortunate to have a number of people supporting me to do what I do for AHPA® and I know I couldn’t do it without them, it is a team effort. I can only hope that I continue to contribute to leadership in health promotion and see our profession recognised by many.
For more information about the Glen Paley Memorial Award click here.