HPF is making good progress on the establishment of a national accreditation organisation (NAO), under the global accreditation framework of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE).
To raise awareness and to get feedback on this process HPF has emailed The Draft New Zealand Health Promotion Professional Standards to health promotion organisations and HPF members around the country.
The Proposed Accreditation Framework and IUHPE Core Competencies and Standards which provide background and guidance have also been sent out. The documents can be viewed at hauora.co.nz/8819-2/
Establishing a NAO under IUHPE’s global accreditation framework will address the challenges in the health promotion field.
Because the field is so broad and because it is a relatively new professional practice, still developing and not regulated, almost anyone can enter and practise.
Although having a diverse workforce with a range of competencies has benefits there are challenges including vulnerability and lack of recognition of the workforce, maintaining the professional standards of training and the safety and wellbeing of peoples and communities that health promoters work with.
Response to the documents is sought by September 30 and after this initial feedback process, and depending on the response, HPF will hold consultation meetings around the country later in the year.
Please send your feedback by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and if you need help or wish to ask questions, please call 09 300 3071 and speak to Sione Tu’itahi or Trevor Simpson.
Benefits of accreditation
While voluntary for health promoters and providers of health promotion to join, there are benefits for participating in this global system such as: formal recognition of qualification and professional experience; a reference point for employers in recruitment and selection of health promotion practitioners; enhancing the integrity of their profession while ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the peoples and communities they work with; national and international recognition of their unique, New Zealand-based cultural competencies and recognition of their competencies across national borders that can lead to finding health promotion roles in countries that are under this global system.