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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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We're looking for great people who are motivated to provide mental health, addictions and wellbeing care in a new way. Working as part of the general practice team, you'll support anyone with any issue affecting their mental wellbeing in a holistic way, addressing the physical, emotional and social needs to help people develop skills to better manage issues.  

If you're passionate about the health and wellbeing of our community, highly motivated, enjoy a fast-paced work environment and want to work with a General Practice team committed to providing high quality mental health support to patients, then join Te Tumu Waiora Canterbury.

This is a new model that puts mental health and wellbeing at the heart of general practice with the introduction of new focused roles working as part of the general practice team. Te Tumu Waiora has been designed as a holistic model which supports and addresses the physical, emotional and social needs of the person rather than focusing on traditional mental health or addiction needs.

The Health Coach role aims to connect directly with patients to assist them to make any necessary changes to improve their health and wellbeing and work towards an achievable healthcare plan. The role involves being an integral part of the general practice team, working directly with individuals and their families to help improve their mental health and wellbeing. Read the full role description here.

Roles are required to work in a number of settings across Canterbury including urban and rural, specifically North Canterbury and Ashburton. Successful applicants will receive comprehensive training and ongoing mentoring.

Five local providers will be responsible for employment of the Heath coach positions. Please indicate in your covering letter your provider preference from either; He Waka Tapu, Purapura Whetu, Pathways Heath, Odyssey, Emerge Aotearoa or if you have no preference indicate this.

For more information contact Shelly McCabe, Clinical Implementation Lead, at Shelley.McCabe@pegasus.org.nz

Apply directly through Seek by Sunday 9 August 2020.


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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