Our organisation

About us

We fund sport, arts, community activities, health promotion projects and research to inspire Western Australians, especially young people, to live healthier lives.

We work with local organisations we fund to create healthy activities and events and promote messages about good health you see in the community throughout Western Australia.

Our vision

At Healthway, we aim to create a healthy Western Australia. 

Corporate Executive

Our day to day leadership and direction is provided by our CEO Mr Ralph Addis and Executive Director Ms Julia Knapton.

Mr Ralph Addis brings extensive experience within government, not-for-profit and private sectors. Ralph has been the Director General at the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development since 2014, formerly known as the Department of Regional Development. 

He is the founding CEO of the Wunan Foundation and was the Chair of the Kimberley Development Commission. Ralph has longstanding involvements in regional and Aboriginal economic development, including innovation and reforms in commercial development, housing, education and employment. 

He holds qualifications in finance and economics and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ms. Julia Knapton is an experienced public health practitioner, having worked in various roles in education and health for more than 25 years. Her experience spans the areas of physical and health education, health promotion, social marketing, and contract and program management as well as strategic policy.

Before commencing at Healthway, Julia worked as Director Planning, Policy and Strategy at the Mental Health Commission with responsibilities for mental health, alcohol and other drug strategy and services development, and consumer engagement. This has included overseeing the development of a number of key strategy documents.

She holds a Bachelor of Physical Education degree, Post Graduate Diplomas in Education and Health Promotion, and a Masters in Public Health. She has also completed a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management.

As the Executive Director Julia has responsibilities for leading Healthway strategic partnerships, research, health promotion and evaluation support, and strategic health promotion.

We are an organisation which really makes a difference. Our work touches all Western Australians in their lifetimes through the opportunities and value we contribute to the community.

This Code of Conduct provides everyone with a clear guide on workplace behaviour, and the ethical basis of our operations.


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