The development of an accreditation framework led by the Health Promotion Forum (HPF) to make health promotion a formal professional practice with a specialised body of knowledge is exciting news.
Although aligned with the global accreditation framework of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUIHPE), the local framework will be grounded on Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the Ottawa Charter, the two foundation documents for health promotion in the country.
It will include a public register for health promoters as a distinct professional group, according to HPF Executive Director Sione Tu’itahi.
“While the register will be voluntary, it can help communities and organisations identify health promoters whose competence would have been assessed under the accreditation framework.
“At present, workers from almost any field can move in and work in health promotion. We are progressing towards a system of best practice for the safety and wellbeing of communities, and sustaining the professional standards of the health promotion workforce. It is a win-win for all.
An equally important part of the framework is having health promotion qualifications, recognised by IUHPE, the global organisation that leads the on-going development of health promotion.
Sione points outs that the work is all based on the New Zealand Health Promotion Competencies that was approved by the health promotion sector and workforce in 2012. It is expected that the framework will be completed in two years.