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health promotion strategy
Health Promotion Strategy


A small team within the Health Development and Oral Health Branch, with staff located in Darwin and Alice Springs

Health Promotion Strategy Unit Staff include:

  • Manager
  • Senior Indigenous Policy Officer
  • Policy Officer
  • Training and Development Coordinators in the Top End and Central Australia
  • Administrative Officer
  • Project Officers and students

From the restructure in 2004,health promotion specialists are now found in the Preventive Chronic Disease and Maternal Child Youth Health program areas in locations across the NT

health promotion strategy nt
The 4 Key program areas are

Mental Health

Alcohol and other Drugs

Preventable Chronic Disease

Maternal Child Youth Health

The 4 key Health Issues areSmoking cessationAlcoholPhysical Activity Depression (mental health and wellbeing)

HPSU is responsible for

1) supporting good health promotion practice in the NT that is:

evidence based and measurable

integrated into core business

coordinated to reduce duplication

2) to support staff to do their work and support the health promotion specialists in the program areas

Health Promotion Strategy NT
health promotion
health promotion …..?
  • - “is the process of enabling people to increase control over and to improve their health” (Ottawa Charter 1986)
  • - “involves the facilitation of skills in individuals and change in environments which impact positively on health” (VicHealth 2005)
  • - “is everyone’s business” (CEO DHCS 2004)

The Ottawa Charter and the Jakarta Declaration can be downloaded from the following

10 key action areas for health promotion ottawa charter and jakarta declaration
10 Key Action Areas for Health Promotion(Ottawa Charter and Jakarta Declaration)
  • Build healthy public policy
  • Create supportive environments
  • Strengthen community action
  • Develop personal skills
  • Reorient health services towards primary health health care
  • Promote social responsibility for health
  • Increase investment for health development to address social inequalities leading to poor health
  • Consolidate and expand partnerships for health
  • Strengthen communities and increase community capacity to empower the individual
  • Secure an infrastructure for health promotion
indigenous health promotion
Indigenous health promotion

The Certificate 4 in AHW training now includes an elective module on Health Promotion

For information about courses on Indigenous health go to Healthinfonet

Australian Indigenous Health Promotion network

planning and evaluation
Planning and evaluation

Plan from start to finish

  • What do I/the community want to address and what is the evidence to support this?
  • How should I approach the issue based on the evidence for best practice?
  • How will I know whether I have been effective?

Public Health Bush Book (written for the NT context)

HPSU web pages for resources and tools for planning and evaluation

public health bush book
·Volume 1

Education for Health

Sharing Health Information

Strategies for health promotion

Planning and evaluating a health promotion project

Towards a healthy health centre



·Volume 2

Alcohol & other drugs

Environmental Health

Food and nutrition

To order call (08) 8985 8029 or get it on line at

Public Health Bush Book
spectrum of health promotion interventions
Spectrum of health promotion interventions

NT has adopted the Victorian Government DHS categories of health promotion interventions:

Screening, individual risk assessment and immunisation

Social marketing/health information

Health education and skill development

Community action

Settings and supportive environments

These form the spectrum of health promotion interventions

from the individual to population level interventions

Using smoking cessation as an example and going from the individual to the population level, health promotion action can range from ‘brief interventions’ and advice to community based health promotion and social marketing (media etc) to policy and legislation such as smoke free areas and access to purchasing

nt health promotion storybook
NT Health Promotion Storybook

The NT Health Promotion Storybook will provide a medium for sharing stories about good practice in health promotion in the NT.

Health promotion practitioners have reported that the Storybook increased their awareness of a wide range of health promotion projects and put practitioners in contact with each other to share ideas and build on each other’s practice.

Go online and tell us your story – details at:

working in partnerships working together toward shared objectives
Working in PartnershipsWorking together toward shared objectives


  • exchange of information, updates and meetings


  • exchange information and change activities fro a common purpose


  • exchange info, change activities and share resources. Involves more time and high level of trust eg pool resources to run a health week to address an issue


  • all of the above, plus build the capacity of the other partner for mutual benefit and common purpose eg provide funds, staff, facility or other resources

(source VicHealth MH Promotion short course)

health promotion strategy unit dhcs nt
Health Promotion Strategy Unit DHCS NT

Contact us:

(08) 8985 8029

(08) 8985 8016 fax

Box 40596 Casuarina NT 0811

Darwin NT