As part of the PHAIWA Advocacy Short Course, we are offering a unique opportunity for a limited group of public health professionals to attend this exclusive event. Your ticket will include attendance at the fourth day of the short course, centered on the theme of advocacy and ethics. This session will cover dilemmas in advocacy, industry strategies, marketing, and the impact on community with sport sponsorship as a case study across the day. The ticket also includes a networking dinner with invited guests including the Hon Roger Cook MLA, Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health.
In her latest JournalWatch blog, Melissa highlights the world of wearable technology which is advancing rapidly in terms of technology, functionality, size and real-time applications and discusses how public health researchers need to embrace this technology. The blog titled, From wearable art to wearable technology, can be read here.
Blog post by Ainslie Sartori: Raising concerns about alcohol and gambling marketing at the Australian Open
This blog, titled Raising concerns about alcohol and gambling marketing at the Australian Open, looks at the sponsorship arrangements of the Australian Open – you may be surprised. You can read it here.
Melissa Stoneham’s latest blog: Who wins when powerful health leaders align with the gambling industry?
Melissa’s blog asks why two health leaders, one of which had taken on the tobacco industry would now work for another industry (gambling) that causes great harm to individuals and the community, and what Crown might hope to get from the appointment. The blog titled, Who wins when powerful health leaders align with the gambling industry? can be read here.
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. 2017-2018 PHAIWA mentees Emily Davey and Dr Ruth Wallace have both had their Letter to the Editor published recently. If you would like to know more about the program please contact Melinda Edmunds at email@example.com. Emily had her Letter to the Editor published in The Sunday Times (28/01) in response to the article ‘Uniform sizes blow out’. You can read Emily’s letter below: Dr Wallace had her Letter
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).
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.
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
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
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.