Health Promotion Officers assist health and community groups to improve the health of individuals and the community by raising awareness of healthy lifestyles, disease and disability, and other health-related issues.

Also known as: Health Educator.

Specialisations: Asthma Educator, Childbirth Educator, Diabetes Educator.

You usually need a bachelor degree in health promotion or public health to work as a Health Promotion Officer. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Tasks

  • Develops communication objectives in relation to health issues.
  • Identifies the audience most at need or risk and establishes the most appropriate method to reach that audience.
  • Prepares publicity and or presentations on health issues.
  • Sets up displays on health issues.
  • Gives presentations to community groups on health issues to increase public awareness.
  • Writes material to assist in the promotion of health issues.
  • Undertakes research to make sure that data is correct and current.
  • May work in conjunction with other organisations or government departments.

All Other Health Diagnostic & Promotion Professionals

  • $1,876 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Health Promotion Officers

  • 4,700 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 57% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 45 years Average age
  • 83% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Health Promotion Officers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 4,900 in 2011 to 4,700 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Health Promotion Officers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Health Care and Social Assistance; Public Administration and Safety; and Education and Training.
  • Full-time: More than half work full-time (57%, similar to the average of 66%), but there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (51%).
  • Gender: 83% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Health Care and Social Assistance65.3
Public Administration and Safety14.5
Education and Training9.4
Other Services3.9
Other Industries6.9

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateHealth Promotion OfficersAll Jobs Average
NSW30.831.6
VIC31.225.6
QLD14.520.0
SA5.97.0
WA11.310.8
TAS2.12.0
NT2.41.0
ACT1.91.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketHealth Promotion OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.3-5.05.0
20-242.7-9.39.3
25-3421.7-22.922.9
35-4424.1-22.022.0
45-5427.3-21.621.6
55-5912.3-9.09.0
60-647.7-6.06.0
65 and Over3.8-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationHealth Promotion OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate36.3-10.110.1
Bachelor degree38.8-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma12.7-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV6.3-21.121.1
Year 123.4-18.118.1
Year 110.8-4.84.8
Year 10 and below1.7-12.512.5

You usually need a bachelor degree in health promotion or public health to work as a Health Promotion Officer. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Membership with the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA) may be useful.

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Health Industry VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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Employers look for Other Health Diagnostic & Promotion Professionals who are caring and empathetic and can work well in a team, with the ability to communicate with a diverse range of people.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Education and Training

    80% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    73% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  3. English Language

    73% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Clerical

    64% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  5. Psychology

    62% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

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  1. Electronic Mail

    100% Important

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  2. Telephone

    100% Important

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  3. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    97% Important

    How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

  4. Work With Work Group or Team

    96% Important

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  5. Deal With External Customers

    95% Important

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