Some 32 South Auckland primary healthcare professionals and volunteers met recently at Ko Awatea to learn how to become health coaches.
Health coaches work alongside clinicians to deliver personalised self-management support to patients with complex needs.
The health coaching initiative is part of the expanded Kia Kaha project called Manage Better Together. The Manage Better Together project sits under Ko Awatea’s Manaaki Hauora – Supporting Wellness campaign, which aims to help people with long-term conditions manage their own health for a better life.
The original Kia Kaha was developed as a model of care in the primary care setting for people living with two or more long-term conditions who require significant levels of hospital-based care. While testing to improve engagement, activation and connection within Kia Kaha, the effectiveness of various types of self-management support offered by a professional, peer and volunteer team prompted an expanded version of the original team which includes options for self-management education, health psychology, peer support and care co-ordination.
Tuesday 17th January marked the first health coach training session of 2017 for Kia Kaha: Manage Better Together. A varied group of enthusiastic primary and secondary care health workers attended the two-day workshop, including diabetes specialists, pharmacists, nutritionists, psychologists, peer workers and volunteers. This training was co-sponsored by Nirvana Health Group, Manaaki Hauora – Supporting Wellness and Counties Manukau Health.
Organiser and health psychologist Leona Didsbury says, “We’re very encouraged about the value of health coaching skills as an enhancement of practice for anyone working with patients as it is very patient-centred. We are especially excited about the possibilities of health coaching “teamlets” working together in primary care. Our feedback to date indicates people find this training relevant and useful for their setting.”