Health Improvement Practitioner - Village Health

Based at Village Health - 32 hours per week

What you will be doing

Te Tumu Waiora - te reo for ‘to head towards wellness’ - is a new model of primary mental health and addictions care and support which aims to provide all New Zealanders experiencing mental distress or addictions challenges with access to convenient, high quality, integrated and person-centred care and support. The model is being rolled out nationally over the next four years.

The model puts mental health and wellbeing at the heart of general practice with focused roles, Health Improvement Practitioners and Health Coaches, working as part of the general practice team.

The Health Improvement Practitioner role aims to increase access to mental health services in the general practice setting. It involves being an integral part of the general practice team, working directly with individuals and their families to help improve their mental health and wellbeing and providing consultations and advice to other members of the general practice team.

Successful applicants will receive comprehensive training and ongoing mentoring, which will appeal to clinicians with an interest and expertise in behavioral health and behavioral change.

What you will bring

  • Relevant Bachelors or Master’s Degree
  • Significant experience working within a counselling/mental health environment delivering talking therapies
  • A good understanding of and is skilled in delivering talking therapy modalities for example ACT, CBT, FACT
  • A relevant registered health professional qualification
  • A working knowledge of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its application to health care
  • Demonstrated commitment to addressing issues of equity in health and service delivery
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills
  • The ability to develop relationships with a wide variety of people
  • Established relationships or ability to build relationships within Māori, Pasifika and wider community networks
  • The ability and experience to work autonomously and as part of a wider team
  • Enthusiasm and passion about improving healthcare
  • Previous experience working in or with primary health care providers

About Us

Pegasus Health supports many aspects of health and wellbeing in Canterbury. We provide services and support to general practices and community-based health providers to deliver quality health care to patients.  We also work in partnership with our communities, general practices and other health providers to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities and make Canterbury the best place to receive and provide primary care.

Working with our communities, means being committed to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and working in a bicultural manner to improve equitable access and outcomes for Māori. We’re committed to improving equitable access and outcomes for Pacific, CALD, LGBTQI+ and other priority populations. 

What's in it for you 

  • Supportive, people focused culture
  • Opportunities for professional growth
  • Range of wellness benefits including a wellness subsidy, free after-hours medical care
  • Flexible-working options.

Closing date for applications is 21 August 2022

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Permanent Part Time

Job no: HEAL210465

Location: Canterbury - Christchurch

Closing Date: 21 August 2022