Health Advocacy

"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane." Martin Luther King

This document has been curated by Fellows of the RACP to help you find high quality CPD resources about health advocacy.

Resources are categorised by type:

  1. Key organisations & websites
  2. Webcasts
  3. Courses
  4. Tools
  5. Key journals
  6. Recommended reading

Professional development in Health Advocacy

A physician must provide optimum care while respecting patients' rights, choice, dignity, privacy and confidentiality.

Important behaviours include:

  • Encouraging patients to seek different views or opinions and to exercise informed choice
  • Treating patients courteously and compassionately, engaging them in decision making and respecting their choices
  • Exhibiting concern and respect for patients' privacy
  • Willingness to spend further time with distressed patients to listen to their concerns

For further information on patterns of behaviour and behaviour markers in the area of health advocacy please refer to the SPPP Guide.

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1. Key Organisations & Websites

Useful as a starting point and overview of current work in this area

CPD tipCPD TIP:  Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for any learning from these websites. Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

  • Australian Health Promotion Association
    The Association advocates on a broad range of public policies, particularly in the federal sphere, which impact population health. Their website provides a helpful overview for people interested in the practice, research and study of health promotion.

  • Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association
    The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) is the only independent national peak body advocating for universal and equitable access to high quality healthcare in Australia

  • Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia
    PHAIWA run projects and research to improve public health advocacy practice. Their advocacy toolkits capacity-building program provides tools and resources to improve organisation and individuals’ ability to advocate effectively.

  • Public Health Association
    The Public Health Association of Australia provides forums for the discussion of public health in Australia and a voice that advocates for better public health research, policies, programs and funding.

2. Webcasts

Useful for brief overviews of topics and recent developments

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for any learning from these webcasts in Category 5 (1 credit/hr). Download the current MyCPD Framework here.

  • Advocacy in challenging environments
    Michael Moore, CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA), shares his experience on advocating health issues in a climate where no one seems to be listening.

  • Fixing the system: Health Policy
    A presentation by Dr Andrew Wilson where he discusses the role of health policy, and some of the gaps and barriers in achieving better outcomes in relation to chronic disease.

  • Science into Action: A High-Level Forum on Public Health and Advocacy
    This forum was organised by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. You can choose to view either the summarised version or the entire plenary session. The page has links to further resources.

3. Courses

Useful for in depth, structured learning

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for any learning from these courses. Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

4. Tools

Useful for implementing what you have learned in your daily practice

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for any learning from these tools. Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

5. Key Journals

Useful for keeping up to date with research and finding out more on specific topics

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for your time reading these journals in Category 5 (1 credit/hr). Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

  • Australian Health Review
    The AHR is the journal of the Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association (AHHA). It explores major health issues such as policy and management, healthcare delivery systems, financing and other matters of interest to those working in health care.

  • Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
    The official journal of the Public Health Association of Australia aims to promote debate and understanding about health policy in Australia and New Zealand, focusing on contemporary critiques and developments.

  • Health Promotion International
    This journal provides an international perspective and has a multidisciplinary focus, inviting contributions from sectors beyond health including media, government, industry and community networks.

  • Health Promotion Journal of Australia
    This journal is valuable for individuals and organisations involved in health promotion research and policy making. The perspectives from academics and practitioners offer a broad knowledge base on contemporary health promotion concerns.

6. Recommended Reading

Useful for keeping up to date with research and finding out more on specific topics

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for your time spent on these readings in Category 5 (1 credit/hr). Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

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