A model of care currently being established in Aotearoa New Zealand includes health improvement practitioners (HIPs), health coaches and community support for people with concerns around mental health and wellbeing or addiction. The model (Te Tumu Waiora(external link)) is based in primary care meaning that HIPs can provide on-the-spot support for you at the same place you see your general practice team.
A health improvement practitioner (HIP) is a registered health professional. All HIPs are qualified with at least a degree in one of a range of disciplines:
- Mental health nursing.
- Social work.
- Occupational therapy.
- DAPAANZ registered counsellor.
They also have experience in promoting emotional and physical wellbeing.