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Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand Runanga Whakapiki Ake i te Hauora o Aotearoa

“Advocacy for health: A combination of individual and social actions designed to gain political commitment, policy support, social acceptance and systems support for a particular health goal or programme. Advocacy can take many forms including the use of mass media and multimedia, direct political lobbying, and community mobilisation through, for example, coalitions of interest around defined issues.” Adapted from CompHP

Working with communities to participate in the submission process

This  guide helps communities have a voice in the submission process.  Produced by Regional Public Health, it gives advice and tips for health promoters on understanding the submission process, the health promoter’s role and how to engage with communities.

Help make children an election issue

Check out the election section on the Every Child Counts website. Links to reports, FaceBook and more advocacy

Advocacy in Action 1

A toolkit for Public Health Professionals from the Public Health Advocacy Institute of Australia
“It is recognised that not all organisations have staff dedicated to advocacy, and many public health professionals work in organisations with limited funding and find themselves responsible for many advocacy strategies
(e.g. media, political lobbying). This toolkit is designed to support health professionals in these positions
to engage in effective advocacy with confidence.” Advocacy in Action

Advocacy in Action 2

A resource kit for New Zealand from the Council for International Development. Covers everything from definitions to activities with a focus for NGOs Advocacy in Action

Advocacy Training

The Children’s Commissioner offers two advocacy training programmes to communities throughout New Zealand. Both of the programmes are organised and facilitated by trained and experienced staff from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner. To enquire about organising a training programme in your community, please visit their website. Advocacy Training

Advocacy tools

NCD Action NetworkNCD Action Network – Global action against the injustice of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) Easy to use templates and advocacy tools. Links to other credible global health organisations with advocacy resourcesAdvocacy Tools

Amnesty International

Vision – A world in which every person – regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or ethnicity – enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards. Ammnesty International

Health and Disability Advocacy

“If you want to know more about your rights when using health and disability services, get questions answered or make a complaint. Independent advocates offer education and training for anyone about consumer rights and provider duties. Health and Disability Advocates


The Public Health Association (PHA) of new Zealand is a voluntary association that takes a leading role in promoting public health and influencing public policy.

Their goal is to improve the health of all New Zealanders by progressively strengthening the organised efforts of society by being an informed collaborative and strong advocate for public health. PHA NZ


The Protected Disclosures Act sets up a scheme for public and private sector employees to report serious wrong-doing in their workplace (sometimes called ‘whistle-blowing’) to an appropriate authority, such as an Ombudsman. Under the Act, if an employee makes a “protected disclosure” they will have certain rights and protections.

The Protected Disclosures Act:
• is about disclosure, in the public interest, of serious wrongdoing;
• sets out the procedures to be followed when making a disclosure; and
• protection to both public and private sector employees who make disclosures in accordance with the Act. Protected Disclosures Act.


WRAP or ‘Women’s Rights and Advocacy in the Pacific’ is an Aotearoa NZ based group made up of New Zealand organisations (or affiliates of international organisations) which promote and work on the rights of women in the Pacific as all our part of their remit. WRAP

Links to other advocacy resources

Community Central – Articles about advocacy and links to community networks

Campaigning & Advocacy – How to Guides, Community Net Aotearoa

Tim Barnett’s Lobby Kit – Volunteer Wellington


More than 50% of health promoters use M-Health: intern survey

A survey, by HPF intern Ancy Paul, has revealed that more than half the health promotion workforce use M-health – a health information programme for smart devices.

Savings from Preventing Lifetime Smoking and Obesity in Young Adults: A Scoping Study

Rhema Vaithianathan Department of Economics University of Auckland, April 2013
This is a scoping study which seeks to illustrate that building a case for health promotion need not be excessively costly, nor does it need to wait for the perfect data. We illustrate the ideas using obesity and smoking as exemplars.  Savings from Prevention

Health Evidence Health promotion effectiveness: intuition with evidence

This ‘Keeping Up to Date’ aims to increase awareness of the reasons to use evidence in practice,
to stimulate debate about evidence, and to encourage the health promotion workforce to contribute to the
evidence base by designing, delivering, and evaluating rigorous programmes.

Nicki Jackson. Nicki is a lecturer at AUT University and has extensive experience in the field of evidence-based
practice. Her work has provided her with the opportunity to work alongside international public
health professionals to move forward the debate in using evidence in health promotion practice and
develop the capacity of the health promotion workforce in using evidence. Keeping Up to Date – 22 edition

Health Evidence

Health Evidence is a Canadian service and research organization located at McMaster University, Hamilton, aimed at assisting public health decision makers in their use of research evidence. Health Evidence offers a suite of services to support the development of knowledge, skill and culture for evidence-informed decision making. Launched in 2005, a key resource, the registry of systematic reviews, provides free, user-friendly access to a searchable database of public health relevant, quality-appraised reviews. Tailored capacity assessments for evidence-informed decision making, workshops and presentations on evidence-informed decision making ‘how to’, and Knowledge Broker services to mentor individuals/teams/organizations are available to support incorporation of evidence into practice.

The Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library is available free to all Nzers at:
Accessing the library this way will help ensure the continued MoH funding for the subscription to continue.

The Campbell Collaboration

The Campbell Collaboration aims to help people make well-informed decisions by preparing, maintaining and disseminating systematic reviews in education, crime and justice, and social welfare.

The Campbell Collaboration is an international research network that produces systematic reviews of the effects of social interventions. Campbell is based on voluntary cooperation among researchers of a variety of backgrounds. Campbell’s strategic and policy making body is the Steering Group. Visit their website and library.

Evidence Based Health Promotion

The movement to develop ‘evidence based practice’ which first began in the field of medicine has spread to all parts of the health sector and other public sector activity. It is now widely accepted that activities to improve health should be supported by sound evidence.

What is evidence?
•At the most basic level, evidence involves ‘the available body of facts or information indicating whether a belief or proposition is true or valid’.
•Evidence based public health and policy is an exercise in constructing realities and interventions within particular contexts. For policy-decision makers, evidence may be defined as ‘anything that establishes a fact or gives reason for believing something’.   Visit the NSW Government Health websitefor more information and links to other useful sites.

Evidence of intervention effectiveness & cost-effectiveness

Research evidence, where available and of good quality, is an important component of decision making.  We aim to make this type of evidence more accessible to decision makers by providing short summaries of relevant existing research that also consider the possible application of the research to policy and practice.  The types of summaries that will become available in the short term are known as rapid reviews and evidence summaries. Results of relevant cost-effectiveness, cost-utility or cost-benefit analyses are also included.

The Victorian Government Health web page also includes  Overview | Rapid Reviews | Evidence Summaries | Evidence-based resources | Other evidence syntheses | Cost-effectiveness

The Question of Evidence in Health Promotion

Health promoters require credible evidence to identify relevant determinants of health, choose activiities to promote health, and then evaluate the effectivenss of these chosen activities.  This issue of evidence in health promotion is a complex one that requires critical examination of what is meant by health promotion, the focus of health promotion activities, and the ideological isssues and prinicples that inform health promotion practice.  It is argued that health promoters should be explicit about the prinicples and values behind their  health promotion activities, and consider how ideology, values and data interact to produce evidence.  Dennis Raphael, Health Promotion International Vol 5,No 4.

The Evidence of Health Promotion Effectiveness

A Report for the European Commission by the International Union for Health Promotion and Education  Assessing 20 years Evidence of the Health, Social, Economic and Political Impacts of Health Promotion,and Recommendations for Action.

In order to contribute to the debate on Europe’s developing public health policy, the
International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) decided to undertake an
ambitious and innovative project which would assess and collect the evidence of 20 years of
health promotion effectiveness.     Shaping Public Health in a New Europe

Evidence Supporting Population Health Promotion Initiatives

Population health promotion is about creating the conditions that support the best possible health for everyone. Promoting health is a shared responsibility that requires the co-ordinated action of many sectors working together to improve well-being.

The following document provides evidence from the literature supporting the need for health promotion. The document evidence is included in the areas of health promotion, healthy child development, heart health, home care, nutrition, physical activity/recreation, tobacco control and the workplace. Selected Literature Review
Population Health Branch, Saskatchewan Health

A Maori overview of programme evaluation
The evaluation hikoi:

This book aims to:

  • Provide the reader with an overview of the issues surrounding public health
    programme evaluation by and for Maori
  • Give examples of the range of approaches that might be useful
  • Highlight areas that evaluators may need to consider.

There are many different models and frameworks that can be used to guide indigenous researchers. Our approach has been to grapple with what it means, as Maori, to carry out formative, process and impact evaluation. The issues involved are described in this book. They include considerations of ownership, power, how to describe and identify measures and the challenges of maintaining credibility as Maori and as Maori evaluators. We acknowledge that much of this will be familiar to those experienced in programme provision or evaluation. It is our hope this book might
provide new perspectives or insights.  Maori Evaluation Manual

This resource is designed to be used alongside other toolkitsto be available on the Whariki Research Group website.


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