Workshops & Seminars

Thursday Workshops and Seminar

The Application of Systemic Inquiry Processes and Methods in Communities: The Case of Prevention Tracker

Presenters: To be advised

Summary: This workshop will explore the application of systems approaches to prevention through an in-depth examination of the Prevention Tracker initiative. Participants will learn about and examine various systems methods and processes such as, social network analysis, the development and use of causal loop diagrams, systems maps and system action learning.  It will draw on real life case examples from communities across Australia to illustrate the complexity, adaptability and utility of the systems approach to local problems in preventative health. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss systems approaches with researchers and practitioners, and to explore its applicability to their own health promotion practice.

Organisation: The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre (TAPPC) and partners from the Prevention Tracker Communities (to be confirmed).

Health Promotion Practitioner Registration has Arrived – Where to From Here?

Presenters: Andrew Jones-Roberts, Paul Klarenaar, Margo Sendall, Lucy Wickham, Tia Lockwood and Dimitri Batras.

Summary: The establishment of the Health Promotion Practitioner Registration System involved creating national committees to manage the National Accreditation Organisation (NAO), assess applicants, oversee CPD requirements, market the system and respond to appeals and complaints.

This workshop will provide an opportunity to understand why and how the NAO was created, and what lessons were learned along the way.

Participants will be invited to share their experience applying for to become a registered health promotion practitioner.   Barriers and enablers to registration of health promotion practitioners will be explored.

Employer perspectives will also be sought to gauge the influence of registration on recruitment processes and potential longer-term implications for the health promotion workforce.

Participants will also be invited explore the opportunities and challenges associated with embedding the registration system across the health promotion workforce and aligned professions and contribute to the development of the NAO strategic plan.

Organisation: Australian Health Promotion Association and IUHPE National Accreditation Organisation

Power and Politics: Countering industry Involvement in the Development of Health Policy

Presenters: Jenny Goodare and Melinda Edmunds


Countering Unhealthy Influencers – how to respond when Big Tobacco, Big Alcohol and Big Food demand a seat at the policy development table?

This workshop will explore the politics of policy decision making in the sphere of public health. Industry often has a prime seat at the table, with rhetoric that emphasizes the need to ‘get the balance right’.

In contrast the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that “(w)hen industry is involved in policy-making, rest assured that the most effective control measures will be downplayed or left out entirely.” 

Using the National Alcohol Strategy as a case study, this workshop will examine the tactics used by big industries to influence policy and its outcomes. We will then workshop who is the opposition, how to develop key messages and consider strategies to counter, defuse and defend against this involvement.

Participants should leave the workshop with an introduction to the policy process and the way industry uses influence to obtain policy outcomes, and a range of strategies to counter the influence and achieve health outcomes.

Organisations: Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) and Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA (PHAIWA)

Systems Practices: How to Use Systems Thinking in your Everyday Work

Presenters: Dr Seanna Davidson, The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre & Dr Katie Conte, Menzies Centre, University of Sydney.

Summary: The need to integrate systems approaches into health promotion activities has been well promoted in recent years.  Yet, the opportunity and capacity to design and fully integrate a systems approach into health promotion programs or evaluations is often beyond the reach of many health promotion staff, where policy and programs are structured at higher levels, while implemented locally. 

Fortunately, becoming ‘systems thinkers’ or acting systemically in an everyday work setting is possible, and in fact, an important pre-condition to any organizational shift towards a systems approach.  In this workshop, we will introduce a suite of Systems Practices that can be utilized in any health promotion setting.  These practices are simple, reflective and can surface ‘systems insights’ which then can be used to inform your planning or decision-making processes.

We will begin the workshop by providing a bit of background and foundation to systems thinking.  Then we will review and engage with the Systems Practices, and encourage small group dialogue to reflect and share on how these practices will work for you. 

Organisation: The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre and Department of Health, Tasmania.

Health in All Policies - A Framework for Shaping Policy, Sharing Power and Navigating Politics

PresentersCarmel Williams and Michele Herriot.

Summary: Health in All Policies (HiAP) is now being adopted across the world as a methodology for addressing the determinants of health and health inequities. The levers to address these determinants typically lie outside the health sector and require different tools and methods for success. These approaches been refined by the South Australian Health in All Policies over 10 years of practice and the workshop provides an opportunity to better understand these skills and consider how they might be applied.

The workshop will provide a brief overview of HiAP followed by a practical case study exercise. The objectives are to:

  • introduce the rationale for using HiAP as a health promotion method to address the social determinants of health
  • provide an opportunity for participants to practice applying key negotiation and diplomacy skills.

The negotiation and diplomacy skills can be applied to shape policies at multiple levels and are underpinned by a commitment to sharing power and navigating politics.

Organisation: Department of Health and Wellbeing, SA Health and  Health Promotion Consulting.

Aboriginal Health: We need to do better: What will we do better? How will we do it?

Sponsored by LaTrobe University

Speakers: Ms Stephanie Harvey, Associate Professor James Charles, Ms Donisha Duff & Mr Patrick Johnson

Summary: This session is a combined seminar and workshop, facilitated by Michele Dickson and Tegan Lloyd, with presentations from

  1. Ms Stephanie Harvey CEO Indigenous Community Volunteers Canberra
  2. Associate Professor James Charles Institute of Koorie Education and School of Medicine Vic
  3. Ms Donisha Duff General Manager, Deadly Choices IUIH Qld
  4. Mr Patrick Johnson, Deadly Choices Ambassador + Olympian, Oceanian and Australian record holder (100 metres) and first Non-African to break the 10 second barrier    

A small group workshop activity [involving all delegates will follow the presentations] to discuss challenges and solutions within our own work or workplaces to achieve better health outcomes.  

Organisations: Aboriginal Health Working Group

The Healthy Beginnings Program: Journey from the Beginning through to Now

Presenters: A/Professor Li Ming Wen, Dr Sarah Taki, Wendy Smith & Dr Huilan Xu

Summary: The Healthy Beginnings program includes a suite of programs designed to support parents and families in NSW, Australia to promote the uptake of healthy behaviours in early years for the prevention of obesity. These suite of programs are excellent examples of successful research translation. They include using innovative research methods such as mobile health (mHealth) (i.e. text messaging, telephone calls, app and artificial intelligence delivered through a web-based chat tool) integrating the program into existing services and translating the program to support CALD communities.

In addition to the suite of programs, the Healthy Beginnings model has currently been adopted by many countries including the US, UK and China for tackling childhood obesity in the early years of life.

The aims of the Healthy Beginnings translation research are to:

  1. Explore the barriers and facilitators to translating the program into existing home-visiting services
  2. Determine the feasibility and effectiveness of low-cost and high-uptake approaches for delivering the program
  3. Use the program’s data to inform the development of new health promotion programs, and
  4. Explore the feasibility of applying the program in CALD communities.

: Health Promotion Unit, Population Health, Sydney Local Health District

Friday Workshops

Urban Liveability - Different Perspectives on a Shared Issue

Presenters: A/Prof Hannah Badland, A/Prof Iain Butterworth and A/Prof Xiaoqi Feng.

Summary: The aspiration of liveable cities, underpinned by a growing number of global and national initiatives, is gaining popularity as a mechanism to enhance population health and wellbeing. By holistically connecting health and place under the umbrella of urban liveability, it allows for better appreciation of the ‘system as a whole’, alongside identification of priority areas for intervention. However, gaining a more nuanced understanding for how the urban liveability agenda can be a lever for change for different stakeholders, beyond the commonly investigated health behavior and outcome associations, has received less attention.

Accordingly, the objective of this seminar is to consider urban liveability from various perspectives (research, policy, and practice) in order to identify points of intervention for effective integrated policy making and planning, while minimizing any unintended or negative consequences. Three themes will be presented as part of this seminar:

– Potential of urban liveability to reduce or widen inequities
– Urban liveability as a policy lever to support and enhance population health
– Role of multi-sectorial partnerships in urban liveability

The presentations will be followed by a general discussion focusing on challenges and strategies for how the theme of urban liveability can engage across and with different agendas.

Organisation: Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University, East Division, Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services and Population Wellbeing and Environment Lab, University of Wollongong.

Community Health Ethics Board (CHEB) for Health Promoters - What is it? What’s the best fit?

PresentersJonine Jancey, Justine Leavy, Gemma Crawford, Krysten Blackford & Elizabeth Connor.

Summary: Health promotion research, quality assurance and evaluation activities aim to improve programs, policies and health outcomes for individuals and communities. A priority for any health promotion practitioner is to operate in an ethical manner and therefore they should be supported in understanding the relevance of ethics and the processes to obtain ethics approval. However, health promotes and community agencies often find it challenging to obtain ethical oversight.

At this workshop, a summary of CHEB models from around the world will be presented. We will then invite attendees to workshop with us tell us  ‘what would the ideal CHEB model look like for them’ and ‘what would best suit the health promotion sector now and in the future’.

This workshop provides an opportunity for all health promoters to contribute to the establishment of a CHEB model that best suits you and your organisation.

Organisation: Collaboration for Evidence, Research, Impact in Public Health (CERIPH), School of Public Health Curtin University and Australian Health Promotion Association.

Healthy Active Living @ The Heart of All Design

Speaker: Annie Kentwell, Active Living Coordinator, Heart Foundation

Summary: Since 1959, the Heart Foundation has been fighting the single biggest killer of 1.5 million Australians that have been living with some form of heart disease.

One of the key ways for improving heart health is to increase physical activity levels.  Evidence has shown that improving the design of our built and natural environments, makes it easier, and encourages Australians to lead active heart-healthy lives.

With half of Australians not being sufficiently active for their health, the concept of activity becoming a natural part of people’s everyday lives is something that all Australians can easily do though active living and active travel.

Active living is a way of life where people integrate organised or informal physical activity into their daily routines whereby active travel involves walking, cycling or catching public transport to a specific destination.

In developing healthier built environments, the Heart Foundation works with, and supports professional practitioners such as planners, developers, peak bodies, local governments and communities towards creating streets, towns and cities that allow, support and encourage healthy active living.

This interactive and physically active workshop will introduce you to the concepts of the Heart Foundation’s ‘Active Living’ and ‘Healthy Active by Design’ programs through a mix of theory and walkable experiential learning around the precinct of Old Parliament House and its surrounds. This will be to identify barriers and opportunities that enhances or discourages active living.

Organisation: Heart Foundation

Tips for Writing and Reviewing for the Health Promotion Journal of Australia: A Practical Guide

Speakers: Prof James Smith

Summary: The Editorial Team of the Health Promotion Journal of Australia frequently hears that writing and reviewing for academic journals is perceived as a daunting task, and something that is the domain of researchers. We challenge these assumptions and argue that all health promotion professionals are capable of writing high quality scholarship, and equally well positioned to engage in scholarly peer-review processes. We know that health promotion is an interdisciplinary endeavor involving the collaborative input and expertise of practitioners, policy-makers, researchers and citizens. The evidence-base that drives contemporary health promotion innovation and practice must therefore be derived from these different stakeholder groups.

In this workshop, Professor James Smith will debunk commonly held myths associated with writing for publication and undertaking peer reviews. He will provide some practical insights and editorial tips to build confidence and capability among all interested health promotion professionals to prepare quality submissions and/or undertake quality reviews for the HPJA.

This workshop will be interactive, so please come armed with questions you want answered in relation to publishing or reviewing for an academic journal.

Organisation: Australian Health Promotion Association Editorial Team  

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