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PHAIWA mentee has Letter to Editor published

PHAIWA runs a 12 month Advocacy e-Mentoring program which provides mentees an opportunity to build their knowledge, skills and confidence in public health advocacy. Dr Ruth Wallace, a mentee in the 2017-18 program had her Letter to the Editor published in The West Australian today (22/01) in response to an Inside Cover piece ‘Patrons flock to Subiaco for beer war’s cheap pints’. You can read Ruth’s letter below. If you would like to know more about the program please contact Melinda Edmunds at

Sugar Tax – Response to The West Australian Editorial 09/01

PHAIWA staff member Ainslie Sartori responded to the editorial ‘Sugar tax not the answer to obesity crisis’ which was published in The West Australian on 09/01/18. You can read the original editorial piece below (left) and Ainslie’s response below (right).  

2017 Children’s Environment and Health Local Government Policy Awards

Over 80 Local Government representatives across WA attended the 2017 Children’s Environment and Health Local Government awards on Friday 8th December to celebrate the awarding of the category winners and commendation certificates. A total of 14 category winners and 15 commendable awards were presented by WALGA deputy President Mayor Tracey Roberts and Commissioner for Children and Young People, Colin Pettit. Ebony, Jorden and Tiffany from the City of Kwinana, spoke proudly of their involvement with the Youth Advisory Council, how they feel their views are valued and how they have contributed positively to their community. The Shire of Collie received

Matthew Pavlich joins PHAIWA’s Advocacy Short Course as panel member

Matthew Pavlich will be joining the sports sponsorship panel at the Advocacy Short Course. Matthew will join Michael Thorn (CEO of FARE), Jane Martin (CEO Obesity Coalition), Gary Walton (Ex CEO of WA Football Commission) and Christina Matthews (CEO WACA) to discuss the complex area of sports sponsorship. The panel titled “We don’t want alcohol sponsorship but…” will be one of the many features of the Advocacy Short Course which will be held during the week of 12-16 March 2018. If you are interested in attending please click here. *Subject to change

PHAIWA and partners awarded the Public Health Association (WA) Community Award

The very effective and collegial partnership between the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA, Nirrumbuk Aboriginal Corporation & the Environmental Health Directorate (WA Department of Health) has been awarded the PHAA(WA) Community Award for the “Getting Your Messages Out to Remote Communities” Program. Getting Your Messages Out to Remote Communities  was a series of workshops targeting Aboriginal Environmental Health Workers (AEHWs) in Western Australia. It aimed to transfer a range of skills and strategies needed to deliver environmental and public health messages to community members and organisations in some of Australia’s most remote communities. The program was a joint initiative

NHMRC Research Translation Wrap Up

We were privileged to be able to attend the 6th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation, co-hosted by the Lowitja Institute and NHMRC in Brisbane in November. Under the theme “The Butterfly Effect: Translating Knowledge into Action for Positive Change”, the Symposium presented an outstanding opportunity to focus on action needed to improve the health and wellbeing of Australia’s First Peoples through effective translation of health, wellbeing and medical research into policy and practice. It also enabled a forum to share knowledge of what successful research looks like at a community level and what the key elements of success are.

Tyson Mowarin nominated for West Australian of the year

Roebourne-based Ngarluma filmmaker Tyson Mowarin has been nominated for a 2018 West Australian of the Year Award.  Tyson Mowarin wrote a story for the Mid-West Pilbara edition of the WA Indigenous Storybook about the Welcome to Country App. he designed that he was getting ready to launch. Read his story here: Welcome to Country Smartphone App. Read the article about the nomination here.

Melissa Stoneham’s latest blog

In her latest blog Dr Melissa Stoneham explores an article published in The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health which focuses on a community initiative to overcome FASD in the Fitzroy Valley, Western Australia. Read the blog here: The Marulu Strategy – A Story of Dedication, Passion and Commitment.

Call to Action – Pregnancy Warning Labels on Alcohol

Young women pregnant women or those planning a pregnancy need your help – now! On the 24 November the Australian and New Zealand Ministers with responsibility for food regulation, known as the Forum on Food Regulation (the Forum), will be considering alcohol pregnancy warning labels. These are the ‘sometimes’ labels you may or may not have seen on alcohol bottles. The discreet warning labels, already appearing on bottles and cans, read, “Kids and alcohol don’t mix”, Is your drinking harming yourself or others?” and “It is safest not to drink while pregnant”.               PHAIWA