School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Professional Organisations

Professional organisations which offer membership in public health and health management.

Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) -
The PHAA provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and information on public health. The Association is also involved in advocacy for public health policy, development, research and training.

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) -
The RACGP represents over 21,500 members including more than 19,300 GPs in Australia. They research, lobby and advocate on issues that influence GPs and their practice teams.

Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA) -
RACMA is a medical specialty college n public and private health services organisations across Australia, New Zealand and overseas. Medical administration is administration or management utilising the medical and clinical knowledge, skill, and judgement of a registered medical practitioner, and capable of affecting the health and safety of the public or any person. This may include administering or managing a hospital or other health service, or developing health operational policy, or planning or purchasing health services.

Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM)
ACHSM offers a wide range of opportunities available to build a career in healthcare management.  See Student Membership.

Society for Health Administration Programs in Education (SHAPE) -
SHAPE’s mission is the promotion of excellence in health service management education and research in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Pacific. SHAPE provides an academic forum to debate educational issues, encourage innovation and enhance the work of member programs in health service management education and research.

Royal College of Nursing, Australia (RCNA) -
The ACN is Australia’s peak professional nursing organisation and is the Australian member of the International Council of Nurses (ICN). ACN is a national membership organisation open to nurses and nursing students in all areas of the profession.

Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association (AHHA) -
The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA), formerly Australian Healthcare Association (AHA), is the independent peak membership body and advocate for the Australian  healthcare system and a national voice for universally accessible, high quality healthcare in Australia.

The Australasian Epidemiological Association (AEA) -
The Association organises an Annual Scientific Meeting and produces a journal called the "Australasian Epidemiologist" for members. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in epidemiology.

Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (AFPHM)  -
The AFPHM is a Faculty of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. The AFPHM is committed to achieving a high standard of population health through the practice of public health medicine, training and continuing professional development for members, promotion of public debate on matters of public health importance, and the encouragement of public health research.

Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA) -
Australia’s peak health promotion body, the Australian Health Promotion Association is the only professional association in Australia specifically for people interested or involved in the practice, research and study of health promotion.

Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) -
The AANZAHPE promotes, supports and advances education in the health care professions. It aims to recognise, facilitate and disseminate high quality educational research in health professions education. ANZAHPE is not discipline specific, and encompasses undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education and training. The association facilitates communication between educators in the health care professions by providing a network, database of expertise, a journal and a bulletin. ANZAHPE promotes educational research and good practice through seeding grants, awards and conference presentations and through its peer-reviewed journal, 'Focus on Health Professional Education. The annual conference offers a forum for sharing experiences and offering ideas for improvement as well as reporting research.

Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health (APACPH) -
APACPH is an international non-profit organization, comprising many of the largest and most influential schools of Public Health in the Asia-Pacific region and dedicated to improving professional education for public health. APACPH now has over 55 members institutions throughout the Asia-Pacific region.