How to become a Health Promotion Practitioner

Health promotion practitioners plan projects to improve the health of individuals and the community.

Personal requirements of a Health Promotion Practitioner

  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Good negotiation skills
  • Able to relate to people from varied backgrounds
  • Able to work independently or as part of a team

Education & Training for a Health Promotion Practitioner

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.

Duties & Tasks of a Health Promotion Practitioner

Health promotion practitioners may perform the following tasks:

  • plan and coordinate health promotion programs for community groups
  • provide health education and teach skills to help people make informed health decisions
  • plan and advocate for environmental changes to support healthy lifestyle choices
  • support organisations to develop policies that build healthier communities, workplaces and environments
  • supervise and coordinate community workers and volunteers
  • develop local and national campaigns covering issues such as nutrition, exercise, drugs and sexual health, and implement these within the community
  • evaluate projects and initiatives to measure their success and potential for improvement.

Working conditions for a Health Promotion Practitioner

Health promotion practitioners are often required to work outside of normal business hours, and may need to travel.

Employment Opportunities for a Health Promotion Practitioner

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.

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