Health promotion practitioners plan projects to improve the health of individuals and the community.
To become a health promotion practitioner you usually have to study health promotion or public health at university. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics are normally required. Most universities in Australia offer degrees in these areas. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For full details, refer to the entries on the website at www.goodcareersguide.com.au or university handbooks.
Health promotion practitioners may perform the following tasks:
Health promotion practitioners are often required to work outside of normal business hours, and may need to travel.
Health promotion practitioners are employed by local, state and federal government departments; health agencies; community services; tertiary institutions; not-for-profit organisations; businesses; and peak bodies. With experience, health promotion practitioners may progress to team leader, coordinator and managerial roles. Employment opportunities are affected by the level of government funding allocated to health promotion and may be offered on a contract basis.