Health Promoter Kaiwhakatairanga Hauora
Health promoters work with communities and groups to develop ways to improve people’s health. They also work with government agencies to improve environmental conditions.
Health promoters may do some or all of the following:
- develop policies, strategies and programmes for improving health
- work with other agencies to co-ordinate health promotion programmes
- work alongside schools and community groups to identify health issues and solutions
- manage health promotion programmes
- advocate and lobby for health promotion causes
- establish networks in the community
- develop promotional and educational material for publication.
Useful experience for health promoters includes:
- work in health
- work with government agencies, charities or community groups
- involvement in community health promotion activities.
As many health promoters work in a specific area of health, such as helping people to stop smoking, or with a particular sector of the community, such as children, experience in these areas or with these groups is useful.
Health promoters need to be:
- excellent communicators
- good at planning
- outgoing and confident, with an interest in health improvement
- able to work with a wide range of people from different cultures and backgrounds
- able to motivate others.
Health promoters need to have:
- an understanding of different cultural approaches to health
- knowledge of the health system and political environment
- knowledge of the Treaty of Waitangi and the Ottawa Charter of Health (used in New Zealand for planning public health)
- project management skills
- evaluation skills, for assessing how effective their programmes are
- facilitation and negotiation skills.
- usually work regular business hours, but have to work evenings and weekends to attend community meetings or events
- work from offices but also in the community at places like schools, rest homes and marae.
There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a health promoter. However, health education, biology, chemistry, te reo Māori, home economics (food and nutrition), and social studies are useful.
Health promoters may progress to work in managerial positions.
They may also specialise in working with certain groups such as:
- Asian people
- elderly people.
They may also specialise in educating people about topics such as:
- family violence
- alcohol and tobacco use
- mental health
- healthy housing
- community development.
Years Of Training1-3 years of training usually required.
There are no specific entry requirements to become a health promoter. However, employers often prefer you to have a health promotion qualification such as a New Zealand Certificate in Public Health and Health Promotion (Level 5).
A certificate, diploma or degree in a related area can also be useful. Related subject areas include:
- social sciences
- public health
- health sciences
It is also useful to have experience in a related field such as:
- child health
- youth work
- community housing
Some health promoters learn skills on the job while studying toward a relevant qualification.
- Unitec Institute of Technology website - information about the Bachelor of Social Practice qualification
- Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand - information about the Certificate of Achievement introducing Health Promotion
- Manakau Institute of Technology - information about the New Zealand Certificate in Public Health and Health Promotion (Level 5)
The Vulnerable Children Act 2014 means that if you have certain serious convictions, you can’t be employed in a role where you are responsible for, or work alone with, children.