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Wellbeing Team

Health Improvement Practitioners (HIP) and Health Coaches can be found in most general practices. This wellbeing offers support to help patient reach their goals or overcome their challenges. There is no criteria to access the service for enrolled patients, referrals can be either self-made or by a clinician and are free of charge.

Health Improvements Practitioner (HIP)

A registered health professional, HIPs provide brief intervention to support the wellbeing of patients and whānau who might be feeling stuck for a range of reasons. They will have a chat to help you come up with a plan based on what matters most to you.


HIPs see patients of any age with any presenting reason and work in particular ways to support rapid access for patients who need support.


Whether your needs are physical, emotional, or social, we have a team of HIPs and Health Coaches available to help with challenges including:

  • Alcohol & Smoking

  • Lifestyle choices

  • Anger or Stress

  • Anxiety or Depression

  • School or study

  • Whānau, Parenting, Relationships

  • Sleep

  • Work

  • Anything causing you distress


Health Coach

Health Coaches are trained to support people to reach their own wellbeing goals and to empower whānau

experiencing challenges in managing their own health and wellbeing.


Health Coaches work to provide self-management support build health literacy, support patients to talk with and understand their medical team and/or acting as a support person/advocate in the appointment.


Health Coaches can also help patients to navigate and connect with other services, offer emotional support and provide walk alongside patients in their journey.

You can find HIPs and Health Coaches in most General Practices, or you can call the Wellbeing Programme Lead at WRHN for more information on 06 348 0109.

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