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Health Improvement Practitioner

Health Improvement Practitioner (Pouora) – 1 FTE

  • Make a significant impact in health and wellbeing within the community.
  • Work as part of a team providing holistic health interventions.
  • Use your skills and experience within a transformational model of care.

Health Hawke’s Bay – Te Oranga Hawke’s Bay is looking for a Health Improvement Practitioner to join our established team providing behavioural health interventions within general practice.

The purpose of Health Hawke’s Bay – Te Oranga Hawke’s Bay is to ensure quality, and appropriate services are provided in a culturally safe environment. We support primary and community healthcare providers in delivering timely, effective, quality services supported by a community development model.

What is a HIP?

Health Improvement Practitioners (HIPs) are an emerging workforce in New Zealand.

A HIP is a registered practitioner based within general practice teams to deliver behavioural health interventions. HIPs work directly with individuals and their families to help improve their overall mental health and wellbeing, and provide consultation and advice to other members of the general practice team.

As a HIP you provide half hourly sessions with people experiencing any thoughts, feelings or behaviours that is impacting their overall wellbeing. HIPs need to be a generalist in approach to supporting people with their health and wellbeing concerns.

HIPs can also provide group sessions for a range of issues of such as insomnia, gout, anxiety or cardiovascular disease.

To find out more about the HIP role check out this video

About you

You will be a registered health professional with one of the following authorities: Health Practitioners Competency Assurance Act (HPCA), DAPAANZ or the Social Work Registration Authority (SWRB). About you

You will be a registered health professional with one of the following authorities: Health Practitioners Competency Assurance Act (HPCA), DAPAANZ or the Social Work Registration Authority (SWRB). You will also have held full registration and/or practicing certificate for at least three years. It is essential that you have clinical experience providing evidence-based behavioural intervention and use reflective practice as a tool for growth and development. Experience within a mental health sector and/or working with youth and children would be advantageous.

In addition you will also need:

  • To be willing to embrace tikanga Māori
  • To have a good understanding of and able to deliver talking therapy modalities for example FACT, ACT, CBT
  • To have organisational and time management skills
  • To learn quickly and be able to adapt to ever changing situations
  • To be experienced in practicing autonomously
  • To be open to change and motivated to implement new ways of working
  • To be an excellent communicator and work in a collaborative, respectful, supportive, and sensitive way
  • Hold a current New Zealand full drivers licence
  • Only applicants with the right to work in New Zealand should apply for this role

You will have a genuine interest in improving health outcomes for Māori and other underserved populations in our community, as well as a desire to understand and implement Māori models of care.

If you are the successful candidate you will be required to undertake our mandatory training via Te Pou over a period of six months in order to be fully endorsed as a HIP. You will also need to satisfactorily meet safety checking requirements as per the Vulnerable Children’s Act 2014.

Please submit your CV with a covering letter to

For further information please contact Jude at the above email address.

Please note applications for this role will close 12 September 2021.



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