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The role of a health coach

The role of a health coach is to provide self-management support that will assist people to achieve their goals for their own mental wellbeing. This includes emotional support and guidance, health education and navigating other services. Health coaches can be dedicated roles within a general practice team or health coaching can be provided through a community health provider working closely with a general practice team. Health coach roles work with other roles in a general practice team including the health improvement practitioner.

Health coach training

Te Pou co-ordinates the delivery of health coach training for the integrated primary mental health and addiction services. The training is available through two organisations, Health Literacy NZ (read an introduction to their training here) and Tamaki Healthcare (read their information here). These programmes are designed for people who are employed to provide health coaching as part of the integrated primary mental health and addiction services.

Watch Susan Reid from Health Literacy NZ talk about their health coach training programme.

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Te Pou has a wide range of evidence-based resources and tools to help the mental health, addiction and disability workforces.

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Te Pou works alongside mental health and addiction services, and disability organisations to understand their priorities and workforce challenges.

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