Health Promotion Scholarships

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Health Promotion Scholarships



Congratulations to the 2018 Scholarship Recipients! Information for 2019 is coming soon.



the Health Promotion Scholarships

Want to kick start your career in health promotion?


The Australian Health Promotion Association (WA Branch) in collaboration with Healthway is offering four scholarships during 2018:

One graduate scholarship;

One Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholarship;

One regional scholarship; and

One of any category.


The scholarships have been successfully administered by AHPA (WA Branch) since 1993, with a total of 61 graduates and 35 Aboriginal people having completed placements in a vast range of health related organisations in the government and not-for-profit sector.


Health agencies and organisations are encouraged to consider the prospect of hosting an applicant in a health promotion position that is funded by the scholarship. Applicants must be supervised by a health professional with health promotion experience and skills within the organisation and undertake tasks of mutual benefit to the professional career of the applicant and the selected organisation. The project can form part of an existing program within an organisation or may be a new initiative where planning has been undertaken. It is essential that the project already has funding as the scholarship only covers the salary (plus 20% on-costs). The applicant should not be expected to source further funding in order to complete the project. Additional funds will not be available from Healthway beyond the scholarship period.



Applicants must meet ONE of the following requirements:


  • Undergraduate or postgraduate student in the final year of a health promotion, health science, preventative health or public health degree at a Western Australian university;


  • Completed a tertiary qualification in health promotion, health science, preventative health or public health (e.g. undergraduate or postgraduate degree) at a Western Australian university within the past 12 months; OR


  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person wishing to progress into a career in health promotion who either has work or volunteer experience and/or TAFE/University qualifications in Aboriginal health, nursing, youth work, teaching or other related fields.


Each scholarship offered is for a six-month full-time health promotion work placement (part-time options can be negotiated).



Celebrating 21 Years


In 2013, AHPA (WA Branch) and Healthway celebrated 21 years of providing scholarships to the Western Australian community. As part of this celebration a retrospective booklet was developed that showcased the recipients and projects that have been funded over this time.


Download our 21 Years of Scholarships Booklet










for a Health Promotion Scholarship

Getting started

The applicant may initiate the process by approaching an organisation and negotiating a specific work plan; or contacting the AHPA (WA Branch) Scholarships Officer to access a list of organisations who have expressed an interest in having a scholarship placement.


An organisation may initiate the process by approaching a potential applicant directly and negotiating a specific work plan; or contacting the AHPA (WA Branch) Scholarships Coordinator with a specific project in mind. Such projects will be discussed with potentially suitable applicants who will in turn initiate contact with the relevant organisation.



Health Promotion Scholarships


  1. It is the applicant and agency’s joint responsibility to negotiate a health promotion scholarship placement with a precise job role, project and timeline. Please note, as the scholarship only covers the applicant’s salary (plus 20% on-costs), the agency must have funding and appropriate resources to complete the project before the application is submitted.
  2. The applicant and the agency must both be familiar with the aim, conditions and processes of the scholarship.
  3. The applicant and the agency need to complete the application form jointly.
  4. If there are any ethical requirements for the project, these must be considered by the agency before the application is submitted.
  5. The applicant should submit the application form by the due date (9am, Friday 17 November 2017).  It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure all forms and attachments are received by the due date.
  6. Interviews will be conducted with short listed applicants during the fortnight following the application closing date. (NB: These interviews can be conducted via phone link for remote and rural areas). Interview panel will include at least one Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person.
  7. All applicants will be notified of the results by Friday 15 December 2017 and successful scholarship recipients should commence placement by February 2018.
  8. The formal announcement of the successful recipients will take place at the AHPA (WA Branch) AGM in February 2018. Successful applicants are required to attend this event.


Download the Application Form and Guidelines

Applications for 2018 are now closed.





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your organisation's interest

Are you an organisation seeking a graduate?


Your organisation might already be in contact with an eager graduate wanting to develop a project with you but if not you can register your interest in the scholarship program here.


Your details will be passed on to graduates who contact us looking for an organisation and if your project is up their alley they will get in touch.


Please complete the form below with the following details:

1. Project title
2. Project Description (200 word max)
3. Your Organisation
4. Supervisor’s Name, Email + Telephone


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media and dissemination

30 May 2018

We are very excited to announce that AHPA (WA Branch) and Curtin University will host an Aboriginal Health Promotion Short Course funded by Healthway from Monday 23 -Friday 27 July 2018. Please view the 2018 AHPSC Flyer and submit your expression of interest using the 2018 AHPSC EOI template by Friday 6th July. 

28 Mar 2018

Tonight we congratulated the scholarship recipients who completed their scholarships during 2017 at the AHPA (WA Branch) general meeting. Well done to emerging Health Promotion leaders; Alicia King, Kim Carpenter, Ashleigh Parnell, Corie Gray and Catherine Bolton. 


15 Mar 2018

Cancer Council WA launched a new Aboriginal cancer resource today on Close the Gap day. The video was made by 2016 scholarship recipient Alicia King and her supervisor Cassandra Clayforth and will assist health professionals who work with Aboriginal communities to increase knowledge about cancer and it’s prevention, screening, early detection, treatment, and support.


21 Feb 2018

The article Twenty years of capacity building and partnership: A case study of a health promotion scholarship program’ has been published in the Health Promotion Journal of Australia.


14 Feb 2018

We are very pleased to announce the 2018 Scholarship Recipients:

Aboriginal recipient: Suzanne Clews (Child and Adolescent Community Health)
Graduate recipient: Melissa Evans (CERIPH)
Graudate recipient: Shea Hatch (Heart Foundation WA)
Regional recipient: Tori Jamieson (Kimberley Population Health Unit) 


10 Jan 2018 

The Preliminary Report for 2017 scholarship recipient Corie Gray’s project ‘Barriers to HIV testing among people born in sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia’ was released on 1 Dec 2017 (World AIDS Day) on the SiREN website. 



Aboriginal Health Promotion Short Course 23-27 July 2018

Express your interest in attending the 2018 Aboriginal Health Promotion Short Course held at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Curtin University: EOI 2018 Aboriginal Health Promotion Short Course.


This course is designed specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Western Australia.


View more details on the course here: 2018 AHPSC Flyer.


EOI must be submitted by Friday 6 July. All applicants will be notified by Monday 9 July as to whether they have received a place in the course.