New Zealand Health Promotion Held Up As International Best Practice
Health promotion programmes in Aotearoa New Zealand are being held up as models of best practice this week at the annual
conference of the world’s most highly respected health promotion organisation. Senior Health Promotion Strategists from
the Health Promotion Forum (HPF) are participating at the conference of the International Union of Health Promotion and
Education (IUHPE) in Pattaya, Thailand, August 25-29.
Trevor Simpson – Deputy Executive Director at the HPF – will present a plenary session to showcase a health promotion
module developed by Maori and in close collaboration with the Maori service users for whom it was being designed. “This
is a point of difference from many other health promotion approaches to indigenous peoples,” says Trevor. Very often
health promotion resources and practices are developed centrally, with little or no involvement of – or representation
from - the people for whom they are being developed. “We have found our approach to be highly successful in inspiring
and empowering people to make beneficial changes to their health.”
The HPF’s Senior Health Promotion Strategist Karen Hicks will present her abstract “A Contribution to the Global
Dialogue”. In her presentation she will discuss how health promotion competencies, the advent of a professional society
and a code of ethics together give health promotion professionals the tools they need to make effective improvements in
Both Karen and Trevor will also gather information on best health promotion practice around the world. Follow Karen and
Trevor’s progress on Facebook.
New Zealand is strongly represented in health promotion globally. The HPF’s Executive Director, Sione Tu’itahi, is
Vice-President of the South West Pacific Region of IUHPE, while Associate Professor Louise Signal, Director of the
Health Promotion and Policy Research unit (HePPRU) and Health, Wellbeing & Equity Impact Assessment Research Unit (HIA), Department of Public Health, Otago University is its Regional Director.
Together the HPF and HePPRU co-host the IUHPE’s South West Pacific Regional Office.