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Curtin Scoops Awards at AHPA AGM

Curtin staff and alumni were commended for their contributions to health promotion at the Australian Health Promotion Association’s (AHPA) Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 23 February 2016.

The AHPA, which supports the professional development of its 1100-plus members, presented awards recognising excellence in a range of areas.

Former student and staff member, Chantelle Jeffery, now with WA Country Health Services, was awarded Outstanding Mentor in Health Promotion, and Lorena Chapman, also a former student, was conferred the President’s Award. Ellen Hart, staff member in the Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Impact in Public Health, was presented with the Writing for Publication Learning Circle Inaugural Award.

Longstanding Curtin staff member, Associate Professor, Jonine Jancey, was honoured with the prestigious Leadership in Health Promotion award, which is given to an individual ‘who inspires through their actions, or has guided others in their practice’.

Associate Professor Jancey, who was nominated for her work over the past 20 years, has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to health promotion, and worked tirelessly to ensure it remains a priority in WA, nationally and internationally.


Associate Professor, Jonine Jancey
Associate Professor, Jonine Jancey, accepting her Leadership in Health Promotion award.

Professor Mike Daube AO, Professor of Health Policy, Faculty of Health Sciences, praised Associate Professor Jancey’s contribution to the field.

“Jonine Jancey has made important and greatly valued contributions to health and health promotion in WA and nationally for many years. In addition to her work in Curtin developing and supporting the next generations in the area, and promoting the role and image of health promotion, she has been an invaluable colleague in a range of activities and across many issues,” he said.

“She has always seen the value of partnerships with other organisations in health promotion, and has ensured that AHPA and others in health promotion have been able to play an active role in advocacy activities where it is so important that the main organisations work together and press for the same objectives. This has been evident in advocacy both for broad commitments to public health and health promotion, and on specific themes.”

AGM attendees also enjoyed the annual memorial lecture in memory of Curtin colleague, Associate Professor Ray James. This year’s lecture was delivered by two former students, Leeann Murphy and Anne Polley, both of whom knew Professor James well. Ms Polley has also been a Curtin sessional staff member for many years.