The Health Coach may be a registered or unregistered health practitioner who can help patients with self-management support and with achieving their goals for improved mental wellbeing or lifestyle or behaviour change. The Health Coaches/ Kaiārahi in Te Tai Tokerau have achieved level 4 qualifications in community support work and attended a specialist health coach training.
The Health Coach offers continuity of care as well as emotional support and guidance. Coaches are employed by local Non Government Organisations (NGO’s) as part of the general practice team but also help people to navigate other services and to get access to any social and cultural support they may need.
The Health Coach will typically have half of their day unscheduled so time is available for patients needing or wanting same day appointments.