To head towards wellness

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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

Latest News

Te Tumu Waiora implementation team complete

07 Oct, 2020 | Return|

The Te Tumu Waiora project team has welcomed a new face into the fold to support the implementation of the service across Canterbury.

Lurita Kurene started the Non-Government Organisation (NGO) Lead role in September, moving from her role as Health Coach at Piki Te Ora in Linwood where she’s worked for a year and a half.

 “At the beginning there was only two of us working as Health Coaches and we supervised each other, debriefed and made sure we were alright in our roles.”

In the newly-established role Lurita will be supporting the Health Coaches and Community Support Workers (CSWs) in their new roles, ensuring they have support from their NGOs and are fulfilling the competencies set out.

“We really need someone in place who can support these roles, providing them with a central contact and supporting them to meet theirs and their practices’ needs.”

Hiedee Harris, Te Tumu Waiora Project Lead said: “Lurita will bring a wealth of knowledge about the role of Health Coach, and the how the Te Tumu Waiora model supports general practice teams to deliver mental health and wellbeing support to their enrolled patients.

“We are thrilled that she will complete the implementation project team for Te Tumu Waiora Canterbury.”

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Useful resources

Te Tumu Waiora website

A new website explaining TTW for our community.

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