HP Competencies

The Health Promotion Competencies 2012 provide a framework of values, knowledge and skills for health promotion practice in Aotearoa-New Zealand. This latest version follows extensive consultation and revision of the original 2000 version.   Watch our video outlining the competencies; their scope, potential and how they can help you in your work.  

Your questions answered

We have prepared answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the Health Promotion Competencies.  

Health Promotion competencies: Cancer Society self assessment template and guidelines

The Cancer Society has worked with HPF to produce a personal development plan for health promoters. They may be helpful to inform personal development reviews or appraisals; identifying an individual’s competencies and providing ideas for further development. Feel free to download the template here.  

Health promotion competencies: personal development review

Toi Te Ora in the Bay of Plenty DHB have given permission to HPF to share their personal development review blank template. This includes desired competencies for reference in a Health Promoter/Health Improvement Advisor’s personal development review.

Please feel free to contact Sharon Muru at Toi Te Ora if you would like to discuss how this template might be applied in your work setting.


Health Promotion Competencies survey reveals benefits to users

Users of the Health Promotion Competencies say that their role is clearer after referring to the document. They speak of greater clarity in job descriptions and performance development and say it helps them plan, implement and evaluate their health promotion activities. These are just some of the findings of HPF’s survey in May 2013; examining how useful the document is and how its usefulness might be maximised. Read a summary of the findings here.  

Generic competencies for public health in Aotearoa New Zealand

The Generic Competencies for Public Health provide a baseline set of competencies that is common to all public health roles across all public health sectors and disciplines. The Health Promotion Competencies sit on this base line. See the PHA website for the Generic Competencies (PDF) andkey documents about their development and implementation. For more information please contact HPF’s Senior Health Promotion Strategist Karen Hicks.  

Developing a competent global health promotion workforce: pedagogy and practice – HPF occasional paper

“… with the UN Political Declaration on Non-Communicable Diseases in place as well as global momentum to utilise the Health in All policies approach (IUHPE, 2014), now is a crucial time for the HP community to unite, to share resources and to build upon advances made within our evolving discipline over the last 40 years,” says Caroline Hall, Research Fellow at the University of Brighton in her July 2014 paper for HPF.   “Fundamental to this process is accessing and harnessing opportunities to utilise inter-sectoral approaches and to build upon evidenced-based practices as a way of increasing capacity within the HP workforce. This should be combined with continued efforts to ensure the quality of these processes and practices, including increasing and recognising professional competence through recognised training and education pathways and which include ongoing workplace assessment.”  Read other occasional papers here