- Advocacy In Action Short Course Oct 2014
It was an ‘advocacy’ action packed five days for PHAIWA and our 30 fabulous participants, with some even travelling from Kalgoorlie, Albany, Melbourne, Wollongong, Townsville and Darwin! Throughout the week, participants gained a grounding in a broad range of advocacy strategies through a combination of practical activities and case studies presented by an outstanding calibre of guest speakers including:
- Hon Nicola Roxon, Adjunct Professor Victoria University, and Former Federal Minister for Health & Attorney‐General of Australia;
- Michael Moore, CEO Public Health Association of Australia;
- Roger Cooke MLA, Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Minister for Health & Science, and Member for Kwinana;
- Professor Bryant Stokes, Acting Director General Department of Health WA;
- Dr Brad Pettitt, City of Fremantle Mayor;
- Steve Harris, CEO of The Brand Agency and Chair of the Fremantle Football Club;
- Melissa Sweet, Health Journalist & Croakey Editor;
- Liz Chester, Director of Communications & Development, Telethon Kids Institute;
- Samantha Menezes, Community advocate, Secondary supply legislation; and
- Professor Mike Daube and the PHAIWA team.
A highlight of the course was the opportunity for participants to network with invited politicians (past and present) at a dinner function on the Thursday night. Feedback from participants has reflected on their appreciation to PHAIWA for providing such a unique experience, with all participants commenting they have gained a greater understanding of advocacy due to the varied and diverse course content, and are now aware of how they can put ‘advocacy in action’ once they return to their organisations.
Short course outcomes
Participants from the advocacy in action short course were asked to write 3 things they were planning on doing within one month of completing the course. These 3 tasks were posted to each participant to remind them of their proposed actions! The top 5 stated strategies were:
- Tweet more (19)
- Revise/develop advocacy plan with clear goals (11)
- Learn the political system (5)
- Meet with politicians (5)
- Develop better coalitions (4)
Twitter is a great way to network, stay informed and most importantly get your advocacy messages out there so we encouraged all our participants to start Twitter accounts (if they didn’t already have one) and to be active Tweeters throughout the course and going forward in their work. In just five days over the course, PHAIWA had 11.5 thousand views of our tweets, 105 retweets and 80 ‘favourites’. Below are our three top tweets. This is advocacy in action!
Below are some photos showing the fantastic week we had with the participants:
Keep checking the PHAIWA website for information about our exciting plans for future ‘Advocacy in Action’ events!