This service is accessed through general practice and is based around new roles in the primary care workforce – the Health Improvement Practitioner (HIP) and the Health Coach. Based in the practice, these new members of the team provide advice and support to clients based on individualised goals, promoting self-management and connecting people to other services they may need. The HIP and Health Coach works closely with local community NGO support workers, ensuring that people can access the full range of help they need to manage distress, encourage and maintain behaviour change and increase their wellbeing.
A GP or nurse in the general practice can offer someone who is experiencing distress or issues the option of seeing the HIP in the same location quickly – often immediately. A support plan is developed, with follow up as needed, tailored to individual circumstances. For some people the initial session is enough to provide the emotional or behavioural support needed.
The aim of these new services is to:
Health coaching is a way of helping people gain the knowledge, skills, tools and confidence they need to take an active part in their own health care. It helps them reach the health goals they want to achieve.
A health improvement practitioner is a registered health practitioner. This is a new role to provide more support for you at the same place you see your doctor. They work with patients to achieve goals by providing support and follow-up for issues related to mental health.
AFS Wellness Services Team recruits an experienced team of registered professionals who offer advice and support to clients based on individualized goals, promoting self-management and connecting people to other services they may need.