Glen (Glenys) Paley (1961-2015) was a cherished member of the health promotion community.
She moved to Tasmania in 2004 and was instrumental in the work of the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA®), and a range of health programs within the state.
Prior to coming to Tasmania, Glen worked in nutrition promotion in Western Australia. She was passionate about this area, and continued to work for better nutritional outcomes for the Tasmanian community through a number non-government organisations.
Glen was a founding member of the Tasmanian Branch of the Australian Health Promotion Association, which was established in 2004. She held a number of Branch positions over the years and was actively involved in many networking, skill development and governance-related activities.
She was fundamental to the success of many health promotion initiatives in the state – from nutrition promotion activities at the Taste of Tasmania to her work with the Cancer Council of Tasmania; from writing about the potential health impacts associated with Tasmania’s infamous Pulp Mill to helping organise the AHPA® (Tasmanian Branch) and Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA – Tasmanian Branch) Advocacy Conference in 2005; she served as a Board member for Eat Well Tasmania since 2007 and was a dedicated team member of the organising committee for a social determinants of health forum for some other dear colleagues and friends in 2013. Glen was a valued, respected and dearly loved member of Tasmania’s health promotion family.
Even when she undertook research into Multiple Sclerosis with the Menzies Research Institute in Tasmania and eventually worked for the Postgraduate Medical Education Council of Tasmania, she remained keenly committed to health promotion.
Glen was the consummate team player. She knew better than anyone the importance of the saying, ‘alone we can do so little - together we can do so much’. She passed away in 2015.
The Glen Paley Memorial Award has been 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.
Applications now open for 2018:
Do you know someone who has contributed to AHPA's mission of "Leadership in Health Promotion" through:
Significant contribution to a highly skilled and sustainable health promotion workforce
Significant contribution to effective advocacy for health promotion issues
Significant contribution to AHPA as a strong and responsive professional organisation
Why not nominate them for the Glen Paley Memorial Award. Click here to download the application form. Applications close at 5pm Friday July 20 2018 (WST).
2016: Melinda Edmunds, WA Branch President
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 have 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.