EBPHA proudly launched the Integrated Primary Mental Health and Addictions Service last week.
This service will work alongside General Practice to provide enhanced access and choice for patients.
The service will employ Health Improvement Professional (HIPS) Practitioners and Health Coaches.
The Health Improvement Professional (HIP) Practitioner will work alongside General Practice supporting both the General Practice and patients through delivery of evidence based therapeutic interventions.
The Health Coach will also work alongside General Practice to provide enhanced access and choice for patients. They will work collaboratively to develop active partnerships with patients motivating them to make positive lifestyle changes, reducing high-risk behaviours, manage stress levels, and improve their health and wellbeing.
Leading this team is Jamie Sullivan who previously led our Primary Health Counselling service. Jamie is joined by Registered Nurse Adrian Maxwell, who takes on a Health Improvements Professional (HIPS) Practitioner’s role part-time, while continuing to work within our Integrated Case Management team.
We welcomed four new team members to the EBPHA whānau; Alison Killeen a Health Improvements Professional (HIPS) Practitioner, and Isabella (Bella) Medeiros, Layne Rangi, and Maria Tomasweski, who are all Health Coaches.