Shire of Goomalling

Health Promotion Officer

Avon and Central Wheatbelt Primary Health provides health promotion services to Goomalling.

Role of health promotion officers

Health promotion officers support communities to improve their health by increasing knowledge and skills, creating opportunities for behavioural change, increasing social support and making changes to environments in our community.

Health promotion officers plan, deliver and assess the effectiveness of health promotion strategies working with local government, non-government organisations, businesses and community groups. Health Promotion Officers may work with shires, schools, child care centres, workplaces, hospitals, primary health services and sporting clubs.

What affects our health?

Health includes mental, social, physical and spiritual wellbeing rather than simply the lack of disease. Our health is affected by the following four factors:

  • Lifestyle behaviours – such as being active and eating lots of fruit and vegetables.
  • Environment factors – such as road conditions and access to alcohol.
  • Heredity – Genes that are passed on from your parents or ancestors.
  • The health care system – such as access to treatment options.

Health Risk Pie Chart

The above percentages show that over 70% of our health is influenced by our lifestyle behaviours including what we eat and the environment in which we live, work and socialise. Health promotion works towards creating healthy environments and encourages healthy lifestyle behaviours.

Lifestyle behaviours

Many lifestyle behaviours increase the risk of a person developing a chronic condition. Chronic conditions include cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, cancers, asthma, mental illness, arthritis or becoming injured. The table below outlines lifestyle behaviours that increase the risk of developing chronic conditions and injury.

Lifestyle Behaviours
Risk Factors Cardiovascular health Type 2 diabetes Cancer Asthma Mental Health Arthritis Injury
Smoking cigarettes X X X X   X  
Excessive alcohol consumption X   X   X+ X X
Poor nutrition X X X ? +    
Lack of exercise or physical activity X X X   X X X
Overweight and obesity X X X   + X ?
High blood pressure X +     +    
High cholesterol X +          
High stress X ? ? ? X    
Lack of social support X ?     X    
Depression X ?+ + + X   X

X Established risk factor

For example, research has confirmed smoking cigarettes increases people’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, asthma and arthritis.

+ Association

For example, research shows people who drink excessive amounts of alcohol, are more likely to have poor mental health.

? Possible risk factor

or example, some research shows high stress increases people’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes, cancer and asthma.

Health promotion activities aim to prevent chronic conditions and injury by targeting the following in the community:

  • Healthy eating
  • Physical activity
  • Preventing smoking
  • Preventing alcohol and other drug abuse
  • Preventing injury
  • Mental health
  • Sexual health

Quit smoking options in the Wheatbelt

Quit smoking options in the Wheatbelt
Wheatbelt Quit Smoking Program This program is run by your local Health Promotion Officer. It provides Nicotine Replacement Therapy advice, Fresh Start Groups and out-of-session motivational SMS or email messages. Call 9690 1320 to sign up or for more information.
No More Nyumree Program This program is run by the Wheatbelt Aboriginal Health Service. It is a culturally appropriate quit support program for Aboriginal people. It provides free Nicotine Replacement Therapy, individual and group support. Call 9690 2888 to sign up or for more information.
Community Drug Service Team (Holyoake) Provides quit support for people who have alcohol or other drug issues. Call 1800 447 172 to sign up or for more information.
G.P. For people who would like G.P. assistance to quit (prescriptions for Champix or Zyban). Visit your local G.P. and ask for advice about quitting.
Quitline – 13 QUIT (13 7848) Provides a telephone quit support call-back service. Call 13 7848 to book in a time to talk that suits you.

How to request support from your local health promotion officer

Complete and send a Health Promotion Request Form, via fax or post to your local health promotion officer who will then contact you.

If you have any difficulties completing the form, contact a local health promotion officer via phone to discuss your request.

Contact your local health promotion officer

Sarah Dixon & Elouise Hawkins
Health Promotion Officer
Avon and Central Wheatbelt Primary Health Service
PO Box 312, Northam WA 6401
Phone: (08) 9690 1616
Fax: (08) 9690 1694
Email: sarah.dixon@health.wa.gov.au  & elouise.hawkins@health.wa.gov.au