Capacity Building Workshops

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


PHAA Members that are registered for the Conference will be emailed a link to register your interest in participating in a workshop. Numbers are strictly limited and preference will be given to PHAA members. Due to limited capacity, we encourage each member to only register for one workshop. 

Submission and Appearances Workshop - SOLD OUT

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.


Date: Wednesday 21 October 2020 

Time: 12:30pm - 2:00pm AEDT

Facilitated by: Dr Ingrid Johnston and Malcolm Baalman, PHAA Senior Policy Officers.


Advocacy Workshop - SOLD OUT

A practical online workshop for all who work in public health. Update your advocacy skills and learn new tricks of the trade from experienced advocates. This interactive session will feature real ‘Hollowmen” and real politicians as well as leading public health advocates.


  • What is advocacy and why does it matter

  • Throw away the theory: Learn how political decisions and policy are really made

  • What influences political decision-making, and why you need to know (brought to you by a former minister)

  • Golf clubs: What advocacy tools are at your disposal, where do you find them, and when do you use them

  • Engaging the media: The right message for the right medium


Date: Friday 23 October 2020 

Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm AEDT

Facilitated by: Rohan Greenland, PHAA Vice-President (Development) and CEO, Palliative Care Australia, Jeremy Henderson, former TV journalist and Director Communications at Palliative Care Australia. The workshop will feature a panel of former ministerial advisers, former politicians and leading health advocates.

Writing and Reviewing for Publication - SOLD OUT

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.


Date: Wednesday 28 October 2020 

Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm AEDT

Facilitated by: Professor John Lowe, Editor-in-Chief, Australia New Zealand Journal of Public Health, and other Editors of the Journal

Media Skills Workshop - SOLD OUT

COVID-19, climate change and extreme weather events have highlighted the importance of clear, effective, evidence-based communications. In a time where misinformation and fake news can have a dangerous impact on public health, those within the public health community have an essential role to play in communicating information to the public. This workshop will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn from experienced media and communications professionals with diverse experience in the public health field and other sectors. It will discuss how to approach communication strategies in a challenging media landscape, cultivate productive relationships with journalists, craft key messages with impact, and maximise cross-platform communications.


Date: Thursday 29 October 2020 

Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm AEDT

Facilitated by: Karina Martin and Jeremy Lasek, PHAA Communications and Media Team. 

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

To register


Registrations are now closed.