Health Promoter Kaiwhakatairanga Hauora

Health promoters work with communities and groups to develop ways to improve people’s health. They also work with government agencies to improve environmental conditions.

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Health promoters may do some or all of the following:

  • develop policies, strategies and programmes for improving health
  • work with other agencies to co-ordinate health promotion programmes
  • work alongside schools and community groups to identify health issues and solutions
  • manage health promotion programmes
  • advocate and lobby for health promotion causes
  • establish networks in the community
  • develop promotional and educational material for publication.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for health promoters includes:

  • work in health
  • teaching
  • work with government agencies, charities or community groups
  • involvement in community health promotion activities.

As many health promoters work in a specific area of health, such as helping people to stop smoking, or with a particular sector of the community, such as children, experience in these areas or with these groups is useful.

Personal Qualities

Health promoters need to be:

  • excellent communicators
  • good at planning
  • outgoing and confident, with an interest in health improvement
  • able to work with a wide range of people from different cultures and backgrounds
  • able to motivate others.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for health promoters includes:

  • work in health
  • teaching
  • work with government agencies, charities or community groups
  • involvement in community health promotion activities.

As many health promoters work in a specific area of health, such as helping people to stop smoking, or with a particular sector of the community, such as children, experience in these areas or with these groups is useful.

Subject Recommendations

There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a health promoter. However, health education, biology, chemistry, te reo Māori, home economics (food and nutrition), and social studies are useful. 

Health Promoters can earn around $39K-$51K per year per year.

Health promoters may progress to work in managerial positions.

They may also specialise in working with certain groups such as:

  • Māori
  • Pasifika
  • Asian people
  • migrants
  • children
  • men
  • elderly people.

They may also specialise in educating people about topics such as:

  • family violence
  • alcohol and tobacco use
  • mental health
  • healthy housing
  • community development.
Health Promoter

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