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Te Tumu Waiora - Te Reo for to head towards wellness - is a new way of delivering wellbeing, mental health and addictions support through general practice.

The model puts mental health and wellbeing at the heart of general practice with focused roles, Health Improvement Practitioners and Health Coaches, working as part of the general practice team. This model allows for a 'warm handover' which means that a GP or nurse in the general practice can offer someone who is experiencing mental distress or addiction issues the option of seeing the HIP in the same location quickly – often immediately.

The HIPs and Health Coaches provide advice and support based on individualised goals, promoting self-management and work closely with local community NGO support workers to ensure people can access the full range of help they need.

Late in 2019, The Ministry of Health released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Integrated Primary Mental Health and Addictions Services across New Zealand. 

This proposal was part of the government’s Wellbeing Budget 2019 announcement and focused on one element of a new mental health pathway. This proposal included:

  • peer/cultural health coaches
  • health improvement practitioners 
  • support for general practice
  • seamless access to cultural and social supports, and 
  • effective links and coordination between primary and secondary mental health and addiction services. 

The ministry sought collaborative responses to deliver the service to the enrolled population of selected general practices within a defined geographical area. 

Canterbury Clinical Network facilitated the development of the Canterbury response. Development of this response included the establishment of a sponsorship group of the three PHOs, Navigate Waitaha and the CDHB. This group was supported by the discussions and decisions put forward by a technical advisory group (TAG). 

A co-design workshop was held 6 September and the key themes from that were incorporated into Canterbury's proposal. The Te Tumu Waiora model, recently piloted both nationally and regionally, was referenced in the design of a Canterbury response

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Familiar faces to lead roll out of new primary mental health model

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Two familiar faces will head up Canterbury’s roll out of Te Tumu Waiora – a model which puts mental health and wellbeing at the heart of general practice with focused roles working from the practice.

Hiedee Harris will fill the position of Project Manager while Shelley McCabe fills the position of Clinical Implementation Leader.

Hiedee has worked with the CCN Programme Office since November 2018 as Facilitator of the Ashburton SLA, Primary Care Capability SLA, and the Co-ordinated Access on Release Group.

Linda Wensley, CCN Programme Manager, said: “The Te Tumu Waiora project will benefit greatly from Hiedee’s capability facilitating progress in challenging areas of work and her experience to date with the Ashburton and Primary Care Capability SLA.”

Shelley has been actively involved in the establishment of Te Tumu Waiora Canterbury over the past six months, and involved at a national level over the past two years. She has a strong enthusiasm for the model, believing it to be one of the most positive mental health and wellbeing initiatives she has seen in her experience working in this field.

Jane Cartwright, Independent Advisor for CCN and Chair of the Te Tumu Waiora Canterbury governance group, said: “Shelley trained as a Social Worker and has had many years’ experience working in the Mental Health Sector. This includes work for Te Pou as a regional workforce coordinator, in a variety of positions within mental health specialist services and as a service leader in primary mental health.”

Te Tumu Waiora - te reo for ‘to head towards wellness’ - is a new model of primary mental health and addictions care and support which aims to provide all New Zealanders experiencing mental distress or addictions challenges with access to convenient, high quality, integrated and person-centred care and support.

The model puts mental health and wellbeing at the heart of general practice with focused roles, Health Improvement Practitioners and Health Coaches, working as part of the general practice team.

The pair will hold these positions for a 12-months initially.

 For more information about Te Tumu waiora Canterbury visit the webpage here.

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Useful resources

Information flyer

Information about Te Tumu Waiora Canterbury for practices and patients.

HIP and HC posters

Posters for practices to display explaining what HIP and HC roles.

VIDEO - Overview of TTW

Video describing the role of HIPS and Health Coaches.

Video - HIP role

Tara Mueller, a Health Improvement Practitioner, talks about her role.

Video - Health Coach role

Health Coaches in Aotearoa New Zealand