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Update your health promotion competency. Choose from the workshops that are designed for your ongoing upskilling. Or contact us to discuss your specific training needs.  We are happy to tailor a programme for your group.



Tena koutou katoa He panui tenei mo nga mea o koutou e hiahia ana ke te whai I te tohu whakapiki hauora. Nau mai, haere mai, haere mai.   Further down this page view our current workshops and courses.

Health Promotion Forum has 25 years’ experience in offering training to meet the needs of a range of communities, programmes and service providers.  We would be delighted to tailor a course to meet the needs of your group. Please contact us to discuss your training requirements.
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List of workshop examples 

Māori Concepts of Health Promotion

Introduction The aim of this workshop is to introduce participants to shared understandings of traditional Māori concepts, ideologies and practices in relation to health and wellbeing. Additionally the workshop will consider how these ideas may be used to inform contemporary approaches to Māori Health Promotion planning, implementation and evaluation. With the recent developments in relation to Whānau Ora this programme will provide a basis for discussion in terms of what constitutes a well Māori community and whether traditional knowledge has the potential to elevate Māori health status and improve Māori health outcomes.   Learning outcomes As a result of attending this workshop, participants will:

  • Gain an introductory insight into traditional pre- colonial Māori concepts of health and wellbeing; and how this was incorporated into everyday life
  • Have a practical guide to developing and improving Māori Health Promotion practice.
  • Gain knowledge that will enhance the effectiveness of Health Promoters and Public Health Practitioners who wish to contribute to Māori health outcomes.

About the Facilitator: Trevor Simpson, Deputy Executive Director and Senior Health Promotion Strategist, Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand. Trevor has a background in community development, Māori social development, Treaty settlements and Māori health promotion. He is committed to Māori health promotion as an important vehicle to improving Māori health outcomes and Māori community development.
Registration enquiries to:
Emma Frost
Workforce Development Coordinator
(09) 300 3734
GENERAL INFORMATION  Tea, coffee and fruit will be available upon arrival and a light lunch wil be provided.  Please let us know if you have any special dietary or other needs.

Asian Concepts of Health Promotion

Introduction: This workshop is an introduction to health promotion for Asian communities. It will be of particular interest to those Health Promoters working with Asian communities, although all are welcome. The workshop introduces the theory of health promotion and presentations on current health promotion initiatives for Asian communities. Program (to be confirmed)

  • Presentation 1: “Introduction to Effective Health Promotion” Karen Hicks, Senior Health Promotion Strategists, Health Promotion of New Zealand and Teresa Xu, MPH student and Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand Intern.
  • Presentation 2: “How to get Asian communities to the program“,  Asian SmokeFree team, Waitemata PHO will talk about their smokefree programme  and share their success stories in terms of ways to approach the issues and how to work with Asian clients.
  • Presentation 3 and workshop: “Does one size fit for all and how to cope with the challenges?” Vishal Rishi, Program Manager and Samuel Cho, Asian Public Health Coordinator, The Asian Network INc. (TANI) will share their initiatives in responding to the Asian health issues and how to play a roll between service providers and diverse Asian communities.

Additional guest speakers will be advised Learning outcomes: As a result of this workshop, participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of what we mean by health promotion.
  • Be able to identify health issues of Asian New Zealanders and ways of improving the health of Asian communities
  • Network with agencies delivering health promotion
  • Know where to get further information

Pasifika Health Promotion

Introduction This workshop will look at how Non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease and cancer impact the wellbeing of the Pacific community. Medical, social and cultural aspects of Non-communicable diseases will be explored .Basic knowledge and understanding of the four main risk factors that are common to all the main NCDs will be discussed from a determinant of health perspective. A self- evaluation tool looking at how competent you are as a Pacific health promoter will be included for discussion. The workshop traces the history of ‘Pacific health promotion’ in Aotearoa New Zealand and discusses how determinants of health can be addressed to produce health equity, wellbeing and success for Pacific peoples. The aim is to equip senior Pasifika health promoters and community leaders with the knowledge and tools that will enable them to address the onslaught of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and work with the strengths, potentials and aspirations of Pasifika families and communities to advance spiritually, socially, economically and culturally. The WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH) in its landmark report; Closing the Gap in a Generation, acknowledges that there are avoidable and unfair differences – inequities in health. These arise because of the circumstances in which people, live, work and age and the systems put in place to deal with illness. The conditions in which people live and die are, in turn, shaped by political, social, and economic forces (CSDH, 2008). Improving health requires actions to improve daily living conditions, tackle the inequitable distribution of power, money and resources, and measure and understand the problem and assess the impact of action. This workshop is primarily designed for Pacific health workers, Pacific community workers, and Pacific community leaders. Non Pacific health workers that are working with Pacific communities are encouraged to join this workshop. Workshop Objective

  • To outline some of the challenges in Pacific peoples health;
  • Provide opportunity for health promoters to assess their level of competency as a community health practitioner
  • Understand both medical and social implication of Non-communicable diseases Examine the opportunities and challenges that the determinants of health approach brings to Pacific health promoters, as well as social service providers;

Learning Outcomes As a result of participating in this workshop, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of Pacific health promotion
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of the magnitude and impact of Non-communicable diseases
  • Gain an understanding of the determinants of health approach
  • Identify your level of competency as a Pacific health promoter as an important part of strategies to advance the health and wellbeing of Pacific peoples

Health Promotion Forum Online Courses

Purpose Our online courses are for your continuous professional development (CPD).  If you are already working in the field of health promotion or public health, these courses will further enhance your knowledge and skills. The courses are also designed to enable those who are new to health promotion and public health to be able to learn new knowledge and skills.

Stream One: Mainstream Health Promotion (MSHP) Course One, Level One (C1L1) Topic: What is health promotion?

If you are new to health promotion, this course is the best place to start your learning of health promotion.

Stream TwoMāori Health Promotion Course Two, Level One (C2L1) Topic: Māori Health Promotion

In completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Define Māori health promotion
  2. Identify and describe at least one Māori model of health promotion
  3. Describe four core values that strengthen Māori health promotion

Stream Three: Pasifika Health Promotion Course Three, Level One (C3L1) Topic: Pasifika Health Promotion

In completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Define Pasifika health promotion
  2. Outline the history of Pasifika health promotion and its development in New Zealand
  3. Describe how Pacific people’s health is being advanced through health promotion.

All of the courses are now live!  You can use this link to navigate to the courses:

Determinants of Health

TED talks and resources to help you explore the topic further through online activities with other participants.

This workshop is delivered in 4 sections:

  • Introduction
  • Housing and Education as examples of social determinants of health
  • Equity
  • Health promotion actions

On completion of the online health promotion workshops you will receive a certificate of accomplishment.


  • Streams One, Two and Three: $69 incl of GST each course.
  • Determinants of Health: $99 incl of GST

Contact our office for all inquiries on or 09 300 3071

TUHANZ (Treaty Understanding of Hauora in Aotearoa New Zealand)

This two day workshop will focus on using the TUHANZ (Treaty Understanding of Hauora in Aotearoa New Zealand) framework to assist health promoters to apply Treaty based thinking and planning to their health promotion practice. The workshop is a practical, hands-on course, which explains how the articles of the Treaty can be applied to health promotion planning. Participants will be expected to determine and define Treaty based health promotion activities in line with their health promotion contracts and responsibilities. By the end of this workshop, participants should be have a clear understanding of Treaty articles and how they apply to health promotion, and a workable understanding of TUHANZ as a framework from which to plan Treaty based health promotion practice. Participants are advised that the workshop will be reasonably demanding and fast paced so come prepared to work! Also, essential to the success and enjoyment of the day, a good sense of humour and an ability to share very good jokes that are appropriate and funny! This workshop is organised by the Health Promotion Forum as part of a contract with the Ministry of Health to deliver seminars, workshops and other services on health promotion.

No health without a healthy planet: KAUPAPA Think globally, Act locally

Webishop: No health without a healthy planet

Date & Time: Wednesday 17 February 2021, 11am-12.30pm

Venue: Online webishop

Cost: Individuals: $29.00 Member, $49.00 Non Member

Groups (upto 5 persons): $99.00 Member, $199.00 Non Member (All prices inclusive of GST)

To Register: Please click here to register online and to receive your ZOOM link to this webshop.

Background summary

Although the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion recognised stable ecosystems and sustainable resources as prerequisites for health as long ago as 1986, it is only in the past few years that health promotion has started to pay serious attention to the ecological determinants of health and the concept of planetary health. But when the Secretary General of the UN says “the state of the planet is broken. Humanity is waging war on nature. This is suicidal”, and the Director General of the WHO says we must “Protect and preserve the source of human health: Nature”, it is time to pay attention.

In this presentation Trevor Hancock will provide a brief update on the Anthropocene (global ecological change and the social and economic trends driving those changes) and their health implications. He will then look at what we have to do to become healthy, just and sustainable societies and communities, providing a good quality of life and good health for all within the limits of the one small planet that is our home.

This means a 65 – 80% reduction in the ecological footprint of high income countries, something that is not receiving serious consideration, in fact is not even being talked about. It will require profound transformations in society, economics, law and especially the core values and world views that drive our present suicidal path.

But while there is a need for global and national action – and Trevor recognises that Aotearoa New Zealand is showing leadership in several areas – we also need to recall the sage advice to “Think globally, act locally”. So he will close by focusing on the creation of healthy and sustainable communities, and the role of health promotion, especially in starting the conversation on becoming a One Planet Community and society.


Dr. Trevor Hancock is a public health physician and health promotion consultant. He ‘retired’ in 2018 from his role as Professor and Senior Scholar at the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria. His main areas of interest are population health promotion, healthy cities and communities, public health, healthy public policy, environment and health, healthy and ‘green’ hospitals, health policy and planning, and health futurism.

His recent focus has been the combination of his two main areas – the relationship between human health and the natural environment and the healthy community approach.  Since retiring he has established a new NGO in Victoria – Conversations for a One Planet Region – that works to engage the people and governments of the Greater Victoria Region is conversations about what is involved in becoming a region with an ecological footprint of One Planet while maintaining a good quality of life and good health for all.

Trevor is one of the founders of the (now global) Healthy Cities and Communities movement and co-authored the original background paper for the European Regional Office of the World Health Organization in 1986. Over the past 30 years he has worked as a consultant for local communities, municipal, provincial and national governments, health care organizations, NGOs and the World Health Organization. He is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences as well as small community group engagements and since the end of 2014 has written a regular weekly column on population and public health for Victoria’s Times Colonist.

He has a long-standing interest in the relationship between health and the natural and built environment. For four years Trevor led a Canadian Public Health Association workgroup that resulted in a comprehensive Discussion Paper on the ecological determinants health (May 2015). He has been a member of the Canadian Council on the Social Determinants of Health, a member of the Board of the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada from 2010 to 2015, and was on the Advisory Council of the Arts and Health Network Canada. Trevor co-founded both the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment & the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care, and in the 1980’s Trevor was the first leader of the Green Party in both Canada and Ontario.

In 2015 Trevor was awarded Honourary Fellowship in the UK’s Faculty of Public Health for his contributions to public health, and in 2017 he was awarded the Defries Medal, the Canadian Public Health Association’s highest award, presented for outstanding contributions in the broad field of public health, as well as a Lifetime Contribution Award from Health Promotion Canada.

Outside work life, he is an enthusiastic Morris dancer and enjoys creating new dances and parody songs, as well as performing as the Green Man in the annual Mummers Play and at the annual Jack in the Green Festival in Hastings, UK. He has also been a semi-professional outdoor photographer and his photography has been shown in a number of juried art shows in southern Ontario and BC.

Sione Tu’itahi

The Executive Director of the Health Promotion Forum, Sione is a member of the Global Executive Board of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUIHPE). Trevor and Sione are members of the newly established IUHPE Global Working Group on Waiora Planetary Health and Human Wellbeing, which champions the Rotorua Legacy Statements of the World Conference on Health Promotion 2019 in New Zealand. Sione will facilitate the session.

General InformationHPF webishops have three phases of learning activities:

1.    pre-event study and preparation, using resources sent three days prior. Participants are encouraged to participate in the exercises and material that will be disseminated before the webishop

2.    participation in the actual webishop with questions and answers as well as discussion

3.    after the webishop, participants receive a copy of the powerpoint presentation and other resources used, as well as exclusive viewing of the webishop (with your co-workers) for two weeks in our private YouTube channel, before the video is put into our public HPF channel. You can also ask follow-up questions to the presenter and/or facilitator during the two weeks after the webishop.

A Certificate of Attendance is available on request.