Health Promoter
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
2d ago

Pay for health promoters varies depending on qualifications, experience, and employer.

  • Health promoters with a relevant certificate or diploma can expect to earn between $36,000 and $51,000 a year.
  • Those with a relevant degree can earn between $49,000, and $78,000.
  • Source : District Health Boards (DHB) / Public Sector Agreement (PSA), 'Allied, Public Health and Technical Multi-Employer Collective Agreement (MECA)', 2017.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    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.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Health promoters need to have :

  • an understanding of different cultural approaches to health
  • knowledge of the health system and political environment
  • knowledge of the Treaty of Waitangi and the Ottawa Charter of Health (used in New Zealand for planning public health)
  • project management skills
  • evaluation skills, for assessing how effective their programmes are
  • facilitation and negotiation skills.
  • Health promoters :

  • usually work regular business hours, but have to work evenings and weekends to attend community meetings or events
  • work from offices but also in the community at places like schools, rest homes and marae.
  • Entry requirements

    There are no specific entry requirements to become a health promoter. However, employers often prefer you to have a health promotion qualification such as a New Zealand Certificate in Public Health and Health Promotion (Level 5).

    A certificate, diploma or degree in a related area can also be useful. Related subject areas include :

  • nursing.
  • It is also useful to have experience in a related field such as :

  • youth work
  • community housing
  • nutrition.
  • Some health promoters learn skills on the job while studying toward a relevant qualification.

    The Vulnerable Children Act 2014 means that if you have certain serious convictions, you can’t be employed in a role where you are responsible for, or work alone with, children.

    Secondary education

    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.

    Personal requirements

    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 :

  • 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.

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