How to become a Health Promotion Practitioner

Health promotion practitioners plan projects to improve the health of individuals and the community.

Personal requirements of a Health Promotion Practitioner

  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Good negotiation skills
  • Able to relate to people from varied backgrounds
  • Able to work independently or as part of a team

Education & Training for a Health Promotion Practitioner

To become a health promotion practitioner you usually have to study health promotion or public health at university. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics are normally required. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.

Duties & Tasks of a Health Promotion Practitioner

Health promotion practitioners:

  • plan and coordinate health promotion programs for community groups
  • provide health education and teach skills to help people make informed health decisions
  • plan and advocate for environmental changes to support healthy lifestyle choices
  • support organisations to develop policies that build healthier communities, workplaces and environments
  • supervise and coordinate community workers and volunteers
  • develop local and national campaigns covering issues such as nutrition, exercise, drugs and sexual health, and implement these within the community
  • evaluate projects and initiatives to measure their success and potential for improvement.

Working conditions for a Health Promotion Practitioner

Health promotion practitioners are often required to work outside of normal business hours, and may need to travel.

Employment Opportunities for a Health Promotion Practitioner

Health promotion practitioners are employed by local, state and federal government departments; health agencies; community services; tertiary institutions; not-for-profit organisations; businesses; and peak bodies. With experience, health promotion practitioners may progress to team leader, coordinator and managerial roles. Employment opportunities are affected by the level of government funding allocated to health promotion and may be offered on a contract basis.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

Very strong

Employment by state:

ACT 1.8%

NSW 30.1%

NT 2.1%

QLD 14.4%

SA 6.4%

TAS 2.2%

VIC 32%

WA 10.9%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 21%

Female 79%

Education level:

Highest qualification is secondary school: 3%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 5.7%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 12.6%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 38.5%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 37.4%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.1%

20-24 - 6.1%

25-34 - 26.8%

35-44 - 22.6%

45-54 - 19.5%

55-59 - 8.2%

60-64 - 7.1%

65 and Over - 9.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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