Director's Note

Good news alert! As we approach World Food Day we have a small win for food security advocates. The Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt MP, asked the Representatives Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs to inquire into food prices and food security in remote Indigenous communities on 21 May 2020. The Committee released their report on November 2020 with 16 recommendations based on 128 written submission, 5 exhibits and 55 presentations at public hearings. Despite no government response on the website, on Saturday 2 October 2021, Minister Wyatt launched a scheme for stores servicing remote Indigenous Communities to apply for up to AUD$5Mill to address food security risks in their communities.

It is important to celebrate every win and remind ourselves of the value of advocacy.

Today's Tea Break

We invite you to take a break, and read this report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations which calls for a shift towards a sustainable agri-food system.

This is an opportunity to reflect on the importance of developing a sustainable, healthy and equitable food system, and what actions we can take to ensure our efforts are not over-shadowed by the influence of industry tactics.
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Our News & Events

SAVE THE DATE - Local Government Policy Awards
The Public Health Advocacy Institute are excited to announce the date for this year's Local Government Policy Awards.

Please keep the morning of Wednesday 8th December available, and join us to celebrate the important role our local governments play in the health and wellbeing of children and youth in our communities.
Understanding Health and Healthcare Survey
PHAI have been working with four local governments and community members to understand how people are accessing primary care services. We are also interested in understanding how community members manage their health and interact with doctors and other healthcare providers.

We invite members of the public to participate in a short survey that allows us to learn how you find, understand and use health information.

Survey participants need to be over 18 years old, and live or work in:
  • City of Mandurah
  • City of Stirling
  • City of Wanneroo
  • Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale
We would love to hear from you by completing this survey about accessing healthcare in these local government areas.

Click on this link if you meet the criteria and are interested in being involved.
Last week the #endingtrachoma team started the healthy homes workshops. The first 2 workshops were held in Kununurra and Broome with over 35 people attending. These workshops target environmental health professionals in remote communities and link disease risk factors with people’s homes. The workshops also provide hints on how to develop and deliver healthy messages to tenants about reducing transmission of diseases within the home.

Here are some photos from the first 2 workshops.

Public Health Sector Updates

'Multicultural Mental Health: In the era of COVID-19' Seminar: Multicultural Communities Council of WA (MCCWA)

This seminar aims to raise awareness about mental health and wellbeing in multicultural communities, discuss the impact of COVID-19 and provide an overview of support services and what can be done to improve these services.

Attendees will hear from numerous experts, and have the opportunity to attend the Mental Health Week Mini Expo which will be held at the same venue. 

When: Friday 15 October 2021
Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Where: Mills Park Centre Function Room, 86 Brixton Street, Beckenham, WA 6107
Cost: Free!

Registration is compulsory. To register for the event, please email

A Webinar on Values-Based Messaging: Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA)

Using values and frames to create a healthy, equitable Australia

Join communications expert Mark Chenery (Common Cause Australia) as he talks about creating change by engaging cultural values and using well-framed, value-based messages.

When: Tuesday 19 October 2021
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm AEDT
Cost: Free for AHPA members, $25 for non-members

Register your interest by October 15th 2021. For more information click here.
Regional engagement training workshop: Injury Matters
When: Wed, 27 October 2021
Time: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm AWST
Where: Bendat Parent and Community Centre (Telethon Speech & Hearing), 36 Dodd Street, Wembley, WA 6014
Cost: FREE

Register your interest by October 25th 2021. For more information click here.
Call for Abstracts:
As we continue to be faced by global challenges such as climate change and COVID-19, it is now more important than ever to develop a health promotion workforce that has the capacity to address complex public health problems. Health promotion academics have an important role to play in educating the next generation of skilled, knowledgeable and agile health promotion practitioners who will play a vital role in promoting the health of populations. Please refer to the Author Guidelines for details about authorship guidelines, including manuscript categories and requirements. On behalf of the Health Promotion Journal of Australia, we look forward to hearing from you via email at by 15 October 2021.

Public Health News and Research

Engage and empower: ensuring culturally diverse communities aren’t left behind on the road out of COVID.
Clear recommendations for improving public health communications with culturally diverse communities emerged from a recent online forum hosted by researchers at the School of Population Health, UNSW Sydney.
Western Australia sets deadline of New Year's Eve to reach 80 per cent COVID-19 vaccination target
Western Australia's Vaccine Commander, Chris Dawson, says he has been given a deadline of December 31 for 80 per cent of the state's eligible population to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

How the alcohol industry exerts influence to block life-saving policies
Sydney’s ‘lockout’ or ‘last drinks’ laws achieved exactly what they were designed to do – to prevent alcohol-related harms ending up in our hospital emergency departments. So why were they repealed? Find out here.

For the sake of health and democracy, there are growing calls to regulate digital platforms
Almost every day brings more news about the harmful impacts of the monopolistic power of digital platforms like Google and Facebook.
Self-determination essential for healing
In a series of new reports, Torres Strait Island communities share knowledge about the cultural determinants of health, and about healing from the traumas of colonisation. This is an example of self-determination in action in First Nations communities, where strong leadership has resulted in community-focused solutions that are already having an impact and contributing to healing for individuals, families, and communities.
Advocating for public health initiatives?
Here are some tips that may assist with your advocating efforts:
  • Write a letter to your local politicians
  • Meet with your local politician
  • Write to a media outlet or editor of a local paper
  • Write to a blog
  • Tweet or share on social media
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