Eastern Bay Primary Health Alliance (EBPHA) is looking for motivated and engaged people wanting to make a meaningful difference to the wellbeing of people and whānau. 

  • Part of the Access and Choice model
  • Based in General Practice settings working with the practice population
  • Whakatane-based with travel throughout the Eastern Bay of Plenty
  • Three Health Coach positions (.8 to 1 FTE)

EBPHA is rolling out new Integrated Primary Mental Health & Addictions Services across the Eastern Bay of Plenty. This is a relatively new model of care within the primary mental health and addictions sector. Integrated Primary Mental Health & Addictions Services aim is to provide all New Zealanders experiencing mental distress or addiction challenges, prompt access to convenient, high quality, integrated and person-centred care and support.  The model puts mental health and wellbeing at the heart of primary care with focused roles being Health Improvement Practitioners and Health Coaches, all working as part of an integrated team.


Ko wai mātou | About Us

EBPHA is a primary health alliance that delivers a wide range of primary healthcare services across the Eastern Bay of Plenty.  Our services are provided by 9 General Practices with 27 General Practitioners and 33 Practice Nurses, who serve 29,000 enrolled patients throughout the Eastern Bay of Plenty.  It is our role to bring together GPs, nurses, and other health professionals, such as Maori health workers, health promotion workers, dieticians, pharmacists, counsellors, psychologists, and midwives to serve the needs of our community.


Mō te tūnga | The Role

We have an exciting opportunity for three Health Coaches to join our team and be part of an exciting new behavioural health model of service delivery across the Eastern Bay of Plenty. Initially this role is fixed term for two years with the potential to renew after this.

As part of a new Integrated Primary Mental Health and Addictions Service, we are implementing a new model of service delivery which places health coaches within a general practice as part of the practice team.  As the Health Coach you will work alongside Health Improvement Practitioners, and the General Practice team to partner with patients experiencing issues that impact on their health and wellbeing.

You will support patients and identify their own priorities and gain the knowledge, skills, tools, and confidence to become active participants in their care so that they can reach their self-identified goals.  You will work collaboratively to develop active partnerships with patients motivating them to make positive lifestyle changes, reduce high-risk behaviours, manage stress, and improved their health and wellbeing. You will help patients by connecting them with social supports and other services to help improve their wellbeing.

The new service model will give you the satisfaction of knowing you have been able to support and empower people to achieve healthy lifestyles and to receive the care they need through sustainable change.


Mōu | About you

  • Recognised Health Coach training (Level 4 National New Zealand Certificate of Mental Health and Addiction Support Work or a Level 5 Certificate in Public Health and Health Promotion (Suicide Intervention and Prevention)) or willingness to be working towards either certificate and achieve within 2 years.
  • Experience working in primary care directly with patients as part of the health care team.
  • Experience working with Māori, Pasifika, and Youth.
  • Has demonstrated commitment to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and promoting positive outcomes for Tangata Whenua.

Nga Painga | Benefits:

  • An extensive full training programme is provided (including classroom based and on-site training, plus ongoing mentoring, supervision, and personal development opportunities).
  • A career defining role that will see you directly contributing to the wellbeing of our community
  • Collaboration and whānau ora outcomes are at the core of what we are trying to achieve.
  • A passionate team that is patient centred
  • Located in the sunshine capital of New Zealand

The work you do as part of the EBPHA Integrated Primary Mental Health & Addictions Service will help improve the health and wellbeing of local people, whānau and our community. It is richly rewarding knowing your contribution makes a difference.


Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply

To apply, please send a covering letter and Curriculum Vitae by email to, Jamie.Sullivan@ebpha.org.nz. Applications close 5pm Monday 18th October.

To find out more about being a HIP Practitioner, follow the link – https://www.tepou.co.nz/initiatives/integrated-primary-mental-health-and-addiction/health-coaching