Health Promotion Scholarships

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Health Promotion Scholarships



Congratulations 2021 recipients: Bec Douglas , Jess Daniels and Kalyisah Farid



the Health Promotion Scholarships

Want to kick start your career in health promotion?


The Australian Health Promotion Association (WA Branch) in collaboration with Healthway has offered four scholarships in 2020. 

Two graduate scholarships;

One Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholarship; and

One regional scholarship.


The scholarships have been successfully administered by AHPA (WA Branch) since 1993, with a total of 67 graduates and 37 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. Each scholarship offered is for a six-month full-time health promotion work placement (part-time options can be negotiated). For more info, download the 2020 Handbook and see the Application Form and Project Proposal.



If you would like to apply for a scholarship, or are interested in hosting a scholarship recipient in 2021, please join the AHPA WA Branch for updates or email to be notified of the opening of applications for the 2021 scholarships program. 





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

Applications for the 2022 Scholarships Program are now open


The Australian Health Promotion Association (WA Branch) is pleased to announce the Scholarships Program for 2022 is now open for applications. The Scholarships Program is funded by Healthway and offers four six-month workplace scholarships starting in February 2021 under the following categories: 


  • One graduate scholarship;
  • One or two Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholarships;
  • One regional scholarship (graduate and/or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) and;
  • One scholarship of any category


Getting started


Begin by familiarising yourself with the eligibility criteria, recipient and agency responsibilities, and processes outlined in the 2022 Handbook 


Get in contact with the Scholarships Coordinator, Myra, on to discuss project suitability and applicant eligibility.


Applicants will need to complete the 2022 Project Proposal and 2022 Application Form with their host agency and submit by 5pm Friday 17 September 2021 Applications extended to Friday 1 October 2021 (please ignore previous dates listed in Handbook and forms)


Need help with your application? The AHPA (WA Branch) Scholarships Coordinator can assist by:


  • confirming that your application and project meet the eligibility criteria;
  • matching an applicant with a host agency;
  • matching a host agency with a scholarship applicant.


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.


For all enquiries, please contact the Scholarships Coordinator at 



the AHPA (WA Branch) Scholarships Coordinator

Wondering if you are eligible for a Health Promotion Scholarship? Or if your project is suitable? 


Do you need help finding a host agency? Or an eager graduate/Aboriginal applicant to develop a project with? 


Contact the Scholarships Coordinator with a brief outline of your situation using the contact form below. 

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media and dissemination

Healthway 30th Anniversary

The AHPA Scholarships program has been proudly funded by Healthway since 1993. If you are interested to find out where a scholarship can take you, please watch this short video interview with Melissa Ledger from Cancer Council WA, speaking about her experiences as an AHPA Graduate Scholarship Recipient in 1999, as part of Healthway’s 30-year anniversary:


February 2020

Congratulations to 2020 Recipients: Stephanie Maher, Alisha Davis, Travis Talbott and Rachael Laing.



September 2019

AHPA (WA Branch) and Curtin University will again host an Aboriginal Health Promotion Short Course from Monday 2 – Thursday 5 December 2019. This course is offered for FREE for eligible participants, with thanks to generous funding from Healthway and the AHPA (WA Branch). Please view the AHPSC 2019 Flyer  for more information and submit your expression of interest using the 2019 AHPSC EOI  template by Friday 1 November.



August 2019

Applications for the 2020 AHPA Scholarships are now open! Please read above on the Apply page for more information and to download the 2020 Handbook. 


February 2019

Congratulations to the 2019 recipients Larissa Perry, Courtney King, Luke Ringin and Sophie van Dam.


14 August 2018

Applications for the 2019 Health Promotion Scholarship Program are now open! Download the 2019 Handbook for all the info. Submit your Application Form and Project Proposal by 5pm Friday 16 November 2018.


27 July 2018

Congratulations to the 30 people who travelled from near and far to complete the AHPA (WA Branch) Aboriginal Health Promotion Short Course at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies this week! 


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.