Capacity Building Workshops

In 2020, PHAA is expanding on the Australian Public Health Conference program to include capacity building workshops. The workshops will be held as part of the virtual Conference program, please view the program for times.


Numbers are strictly limited and preference will be given to PHAA members.

You can register your interest in attending through the online registration portal when you register for the Conference. 

Media Skills Workshop

Regardless of the changes in the media landscape, skills in working with journalists and the media remain an important skill for people in public health.  Understanding the pressures on journalists, the definition of what qualifies some information “newsworthy” and the importance of clear succinct messaging is essential in every form of mass communication.  This workshop will give participants a chance to learn from award winning journalists with more than 20 years experience about the do’s and don’ts of media interviews and working with journalists.  This will be a small group and opportunities for practical learning will be available.


Facilitator is PHAA Media Manager Toni Hassan, Walkley Award winning former ABC journalist. 

Submission and Appearances Workshop

Making written submissions to enquiries by parliamentary committees – and also to departmental consultations – has become a major means by which public health advocates can be heard and can influence policies and budgetary priorities of national, state and territory governments. There are hundreds of opportunities across Australia every year on a wide array of issues. Which to prioritise? How to understand what is going on? What makes a good written submission? And what to do if you are asked to appear in person in front of a committee hearing? This workshop will take on all these topics, and will include a live practice committee hearing appearance!


Facilitators will be PHAA Senior Policy Officers Dr Ingrid Johnston and Malcolm Baalman, together with guest appearances in the mock committee hearing.


Advocacy Workshop

Advocating for policy change by governments, health sector services and other stakeholders is an essential part of the public health mission to improve health for all. Even the constant need to build community awareness and support requires advocacy skills. More and more, PHAA members and other public health sector workers need to be effective advocates for policy. This workshop will cover the targets of advocacy efforts, the role of public health supporters in being advocates, and the skills needed to be effective in bringing about change.


The facilitator will be PHAA Vice-President (Development) Rohan Greenland.

Writing and Reviewing for Publication

Reviewing a manuscript helps to improve your publishing skills. Understanding how to write for publication is complemented by understanding how to review manuscripts. This workshop will look at not only writing for publication but reviewing manuscripts that have been submitted for publication. It is directed at those individuals that are relatively new to publishing their research. Workshop participants should come with an idea of a manuscript they are currently working on or one that they would like to work on during the workshop. Practical examples will be given on how to write publications. In addition, practical approaches to reviewing manuscripts and how to write a review will be addressed.


The workshop will be facilitated by the editors of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of public health. Prof John Lowe, current editor-in-chief of the Australia  New Zealand Journal of public health and other editors on the Journal will provide their decades of experiences in publishing.

To view the program outline, please click on the link below.