The dynamic nature of health education practice requires researchers in the field to utilise a variety of means to understand that practice. This paper will examine how learning can occur through journal keeping creating 'reflective practitioners' in the field of health education. The sensitive nature of the content that many practising health educators may confront - HIV/AIDS, child protection and loss and grief involves personal attitudes, experiences and beliefs of the educator. Health education is based on principles of empowerment, participation and collaboration, that is, the process is an important part of practice. These processes need to be understood and elaborated. Journal keeping can be useful to bring all of these issues to consciousness.