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Professionalising Health Promotion

Progress on the National Accreditation Organisation Committees

The Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA®) is pleased to have received strong interest from AHPA members interested in being a member the National Accreditation Organisation (NAO) Management Committee or Sub-Committees (committees).

The Board has approved the membership of the committees and committee induction meetings are currently being planned. We are planning to offer members the opportunity to apply for registration as a Health Promotion Practitioner towards the middle of 2017.

By way of background, early in 2016 AHPA successfully applied to the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) to become the NAO for Australia. The NAO will register eligible health promotion practitioners through (1) the implementation of the IUHPE Health Promotion Accreditation System and (2) a continuing professional development program.

AHPA is establishing the governance structure to ensure all NAO functions, roles and tasks are implemented and evaluated with clarity and transparency. EOIs were sought for the following:

  • NAO Management Committee
  • NAO Assessment Sub-Committee
  • NAO Appeals / Complaints Sub-Committee
  • NAO Continuing Professional Development Sub-Committee
  • NAO Public Relations and Communication Sub-Committee.


The attached ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ clarifies the health promotion practitioner registration process and the role of the NAO.

Further information can be found at and

NAO Committee and Sub-Committee Terms of Reference are available via the links below.

AHPA NAO Management Committee
AHPA NAO Assessment Sub-Committee
AHPA NAO Continuing Professional Development Sub-Committee
AHPA NAO Public Relations & Communications Sub-Committee
AHPA NAO Appeals and Complaints Sub-Committee

For more information, contact Andrew Jones-Roberts, Chair, AHPA National Professionalising Health Promotion Sub-Committee on T: 0410416248
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The first Australian health promotion competencies were established in the early 2000s. In 2009, these were further developed and endorsed by the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA) as competencies required for health promotion practice as an entry-level or graduate-level practitioner.

Professionalising Health Promotion

AHPA subsequently investigated workforce development strategies and regulatory and non-regulatory options that could support the sustainability of health promotion efforts.

A national consultation with AHPA members concluded the following: 

  • there is general support for regulating the health promotion workforce
  • a certification model should acknowledge the needs and interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health promotion workers
  • AHPA should have a role ensuring professional development is available to support professional practice that reflects core competencies for health promotion
    there are concerns regarding fees, funding and resourcing
  • issues remain related to employment awards and career pathways.



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