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Summary of occupation

Health promotion officers plan and coordinate health promotion programs for various community groups. This may involve informing and bringing in other health professionals to assist with various health issues. They may also be involved in designing school health curriculum material. In addition, they also design and develop promotional materials for public information campaigns used for newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, posters, websites, radio and television.

ANZSCO description: Assists health and community groups to improve the health of individuals and the community by raising awareness of healthy lifestyles, disease and disability, and other health-related issues.
Alternative names: Community Health Worker, Health Educator
Specialisations: Indigenous Health Worker, Occupational Health and Safety Officer
Job prospects: Limited
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

A health promotion officer needs:

  • good organisational ability
  • good negotiation skills
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • the ability to work individually or as part of a team.
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Working conditions

Health promotion officers normally work 38 hours per week in an office environment. Sometimes they may need to work on weekends or evenings, and travel to outer metropolitan communities.

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Salary details

On average, health promotion officers, classified under other health diagnostic and promotion officers, can expect to earn between $1 250 and $1 499 per week ($65 000 and $77 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. As a health promotion officer develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.

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Tools and technologies

Health promotion officers need to be proficient with computers and may need to have expertise with various communication media.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

To become a health promotion officer, you usually need to complete a degree in health promotion or public health.

Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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