Community Advocacy & Media Workshop with AHPA

PHAIWA delivered a 'Community Advocacy & Media Workshop' for the WA Branch of the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA) on Friday 28 November. The day was jam-packed full of information to assist AHPA members to become public health advocates and enabled participants to actively participate in AHPA WA's latest health promotion workforce campaign to protect health promotion and prevention in Western Australia.

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Participants listening to PHAIWA Deputy-Director Dr Mel Stoneham        The workshop was filled with opportunities for group work

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AHPA showcase a perfect example of healthy workplace catering!


Advocacy Workshop: WA Health Graduate Program

PHAIWA held a workshop with current members of the Department of Health Graduate Program on November 25, 2014. This workshop provided attendees with an insight into the work of PHAIWA, an introduction to public health advocacy, and an outline of strategies which may be used in advocacy campaigns. PHAIWA's Director, Mike Daube, delivered a very useful presentation about how to advocate from within government, drawing on his countless examples of real-life public health advocacy from his previous work as Director-General, anti-tobacco campaigner, and current role as an advocate for a range of public health issues. PHAIWA's Dr Jelena Maticevic provided a snapshot of the use of online social media tools for advocacy, specifically focusing on use of Twitter by public health advocates.

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PHAIWA Director Prof. Mike Daube speaks to the Graduate Program

The afternoon involved a "hand-on" activity for attendees, with them working in groups to draft an advocacy plan for the topical issue of commercial UV radiations machines (sunbeds). There was positive feedback from all attendees, with many commenting that the workshop had provided them with many interesting insights about how they may engage in their roles within government to better achieve positive changes to health.










Participants developing their advocacy plans


Advocacy & Media Workshop in Broome

On Friday November 14, PHAIWA visited beautiful Broome to deliver a workshop to 25 public health professionals working in the Kimberley. The workshop provided an introduction to advocacy, the importance of community engagement, & guest presenters with local knowledge provided an insight into how to work with Aboriginal people and how to work with the media. These guests were:


Representatives from Nirrumbuk Aboriginal Corporation


Kira & Jodie from Goolarri Media

Erin Parke, ABC cross media reporter 

 Workshop participants had the chance to put advocacy strategies into practice by taking part in a group activity to develop key messages for their proposed advocacy campaign. The workshop provided a great opportunity for participants to network with other health professionals and discuss the unique challenges they face working in the Kimberley.

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 PHAIWA's Dr Mel Stoneham with workshop participants



PHAIWA at the 2014 Home Economics Institute of Australia National Conference


HEIA Conference poster


The 2014 HEIA Conference in Perth was themed 'Trending—Home Economics' and explored the direction in which home economics and related fields are moving, and how home economics is extending its practice and spheres of influence. As PHAIWA have been largely involved in public health advocacy regarding the marketing of junk food and soft drink to young people, we were invited to present a seminar as part of the event. Titled, The food industry – friend or foe?, the seminar explored two themes related to the food industry:

  1. The complexities of working with the food industry—in a setting where health and wellbeing is a priority, should schools and professional associations such as HEIA be partnering with the food industry in their activities?
  2. How do we empower ourselves, and students, to question the truth of claims made by the food industry and see beyond the tricks that are used in food labels to make foods appear healthier than they are?

The seminar also explored tools for home economics professionals to use with students to advocate for healthy choices to be easy choices. The majority of delegates rated the session as very useful, and many requested further information about PHAIWA's toolkit as a resource to use with their students.


South West Public Health Forum

PHAIWA were invited by the South West Public Health Unit to facilitate and deliver two workshops (Advocacy 101 & Public Health Planning in Local Government) at the South West Public Health Forum on July 24th & 25th 2014. This event aimed to increase skills and build capacity for regional health promotion staff to work in a changing and challenging public health environment. Delegates attended from WACHS Public Health - health promotion staff from the Great Southern, Wheatbelt and Goldfields regions, as well as from related Non Government organisations and Local Governments.

The two-day forum featured the following workshops and presentations:

  • Motivational presentation from Simon Frayne, 'What is Health?'
  • Official opening from WACHS SW Regional Director Ms Grace Ley
  • Welcome to Country from Ms Norah Dann
  • Dr Naru Pal, WACHS Public Health Physician, 'Setting the Scene'
  • Dr Tarun Weeramanthri, ED Public Health Division WA Health, 'Centres and peripheries of excellence: bridging the metro-rural divide"
  • David Naughton, Project Director Southern Inland Health Initiative WA Health, 'Primary health care and linkages with health promotion'
  • 'Public health planning in local government' workshop, Dr Mel Stoneham, PHAIWA Deputy-Director
  • Snapshots presentations of public health initiatives from across the regions
  • Advocacy workshop, Emily O'Connell, PHAIWA Project Officer
  • Peter Kenyon, Bank of I.D.E.A.S, 'Tools for engaging and working with communities'

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Forum delegates getting active during a workshop activity




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Delegates from government, local government & community organisations sharing ideas and developing networks