• 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 melinda.edmunds@curtin.edu.au.

  • 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 the Regional award, accepted by Cr Sarah Stanley, which recognised the Shire’s excellence in implementing policy influenced by consultation with children from the community. They won the early Literacy category for their ‘Little Library’ program where young people can access the ‘take a book, return a book’ free book exchange. They also received a commendation in the Planning Healthy Communities for Children for their redevelopment of the Collie CBD including the vibrant Central Park.

    The Best in WA was awarded to The City of Wanneroo who also excelled in the Child Health and Development, Climate Change, Healthy and Safe Food, Injury Prevention, Nature Play and Shade in Public Places categories.

    The City was recognised in the Nature Play category for their support of  the ‘Cubby Town’ event at Yanchep National Park. This event encouraged children and families to participate in risk and resilient play, building cubbies and forts, making mud pies, creating nature crafts and testing their abilities on the rock climbing wall and high ropes course.

    The 2017 Showcase report will be released in the New Year highlighting all the great projects submitted this year. Congratulations to all the local governments who participated and won individual commendation and category awards.












    Recent Media Coverage:

    The Wanneroo Times

    City of Wanneroo wins overall award at Children’s Environment and health Local Government Policy Awards

    Western Suburbs Weekly

    Town of Victoria Park wins Local Government Children’s Environmental and Health Policy award

    Commissioner for Childen and Young People

    Local Government Policy Award

    Shire of Laverton

    Laverton Recognised for Excellent Youth Programs




  • 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 between Nirrumbuk Aboriginal Corporation, which is based in Broome, and the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA (PHAIWA). Each participants was mentored throughout the 18 month project to deliver on the ideas they generated at each of the workshops. A number of local projects eventuated as a result of the training sessions, including a project on smoking and children in Warburton, trachoma prevention for young adults in Kalumburu, and a number of car and community clean up sessions in various towns. The program is being recognised for their collaborative effort that had a wide reach and impact, particularly in remote WA communities, which face significant health challenges.