Come and join us at our virtual AGM next month (Nov 11), where we’ll be sharing some exciting developments in the field of health promotion, including the establishment of the National Accreditation Organisation (NAO) for Aotearoa New Zealand.

The approval of HPF by the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE)  to become an NAO is a ‘significant milestone’ for health promotion in this country.

A special feature of this approval is we are the first country to have our Indigenous knowledge acknowledged and included under the IUHPE accreditation system – ‘a world-first!!’

While effective in addressing the determinants of health, and while present in most cultures, health promotion was a relatively recent development as an academic field and professional practice, said Sione Tu’itahi, HPF’s Executive Director.

“Therefore, it is not regulated nor formally recognised. The IUHPE accreditation framework gives formal recognition to health promoters through an assessment process to ensure their competencies are current and of consistent, quality standard. It also gives formal recognition to health promotion qualifications,” he pointed out.

“The system is voluntary at this stage, but it is a great step in the right direction. In future, it is envisaged that health promoters can travel and work in countries where the system is established.

“In a globalised society with a very mobile health promotion workforce, it is very timely for NZ health promoters to be part of a global framework that is the only system for the whole world.”

We’re inviting you our valued members to join us by simply clicking the ZOOM link that has been emailed to you along with the AGM notice and proxy form.

Find out first-hand how HPF will administer the accreditation process, the timeline in setting it up and more importantly the huge benefits it will have for health promoters and how they can register when it is in place.

We’ll also share with you about some of our other initiatives, and how HPF has turned the challenges imposed by Covid-19 into opportunities to explore new ways of training.

These include the move from face-face workshops to webishops, and the offer of an online Certificate of Achievement in Introducing Health Promotion (CoA) offered by HPF and Manukau Institute of Technology as an alternative to the face-face course, and when it’s scheduled to be delivered.

“The introduction of a virtual classroom means that distance is no longer a barrier,” says Mereana Te Pere, HPF’s Māori Health Promotion Strategist.

We look forward to seeing you there! Please email Emma Frost at to confirm your attendance.

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