Health, Wellness, & Society International Award for Excellence

The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society offers an annual award for newly published research or thinking that has been recognized to be outstanding by members of the Health, Wellness, & Society Research Network.

Award Winner for Volume 10

From Theory to Practice: Development of Health Promotion Policy for Mothers’ Exercise

This article bridges a conceptual approach for understanding the sense of wellbeing, liberation, and relaxation mothers say they commonly achieve from engaging in the exercise experience, to proposing appropriate health promotion policy for practical program implementation. Mothers who engage in exercise classes may gain mental wellbeing and easing of stress levels. As it is the gaining of the actual time-out from motherhood that helps provide the means for stress reduction, it is important that the activity is offered at a convenient time and location. Supportive environments and policies that consider childminding and the busy lifestyles of mothers will ensure that individual action toward leisure is facilitated. Health policies and programs, including strategies related to settings, realistic targets, media, specificity, use of social networks, marketing, gentle exercise modes, advice and support, will do much to facilitate access and success.


With a background spanning the university, school, community health promotion and health policy areas, Janet Currie is Associate Professor of Health and Physical Education at the University of Technology Sydney. Janet holds qualifications in Education, Health Promotion and Fitness, and has designed numerous educational materials including books, videos, teacher and community resources. She has been a practising group exercise class leader for 36 years and created the highly successful “Strollers” pramwalking program, authoring "Stroll Your Way to Well-Being" for new mothers. Janet has also published the books, "Managing Motherhood" and "Radical Leisure" (with CG Research Networks). She is also the original author of “Dream, Believe, Achieve," a teaching resource developed for the National Rugby League of Australia as a tool to deliver effective health education messages especially for young males in the school classroom setting, using sport as the key focus. Janet won the Teacher Educator of the Year Award in 2018. She is a past National President, Vice-President and State representative of the Australian Health Promotion Association, and past Director of Health Education and Promotion International. She was awarded the Outstanding Community Engagement Award (Australian Catholic University) in 2003, and is a Member of the Advisory Board for the Health, Wellness Society Research Network

Past Award Winners

Volume 9

Love in Healthcare: A Gadamerian Inquiry into Nurses’ Experience

Sky Snook Donna Kurtz, Penelope Cash, and Jeanette Vinek, The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp. 13-32


Volume 8

Community-Based Health and Wellness: The Role of Interprofessional Practice in Vulnerable Populations

Robin Risling, Jennifer Styron, and Henrietta Brown, The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp. 1-8


Volume 7

A Descriptive Study Focusing on Mental Health Diagnoses, Locus of Control, Self-Efficacy and Chronic Health Conditions in Rural Women

Diane S. VanCleave, Dianna Cooper-Bolinskey, Renee Bauer, and Jill Moore, The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp. 59-70


Volume 6

A Place for Everyone?: The Challenge of Promoting Community Inclusion at a Recreation Centre

Hilde Zitzelsberger and Jennifer Leo, The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp. 65-74


Volume 5

Employees Participating in Change: Empowerment Approach to Improving Staff Health, Safety and Wellness

Baumann, Andrea, Patricia Norman, Dina Idriss-Wheeler, Kaiyan Fu, and Paul Rizk, The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp.1-14


Volume 4

Traditional Knowledge, Indigenous Green Vegetables, and Health Security: Exploring Livelihood Practices within African Traditions

Shadrack Baleseng Ramokgadi, The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society, Volume 4, Issue 3-4, pp.47-57


Volume 3

Social Justice and Health Equality: Urban Aboriginal Women’s Action for Health Reform

Donna L. M. Kurtz, deSales Turner, Jessie Nyberg, and Diana Moar, The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp.13-26


Volume 2

Social Work Approaches for Substance-Use Treatment

Maria Cisaltina da Silveira Nunes Dinis, The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.23-36


Volume 1

The Influence of Military Culture and Veteran Worldviews on Mental Health Treatment: Practice Implications for Combat Veteran Help-seeking and Wellness

Eugenia Weiss, Jose E. Coll, and Michael Metal, The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.75-86