Health Improvement Practitioner, The Fono, Auckland

logo the fonoHealth Improvement Practitioner

  • Expanding the range of services offered by The Fono to include mental wellbeing.
  • Providing brief evidence based interventions with individuals, groups and families for mental health challenges in people of all ages
  • Working within a Pacific model of care where Pacific values, beliefs and practices guide approaches and ways of working.

Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Kia orana, Nisa bula vinaka, Fakaalofa atu, Talofa, Mauri, Taloha Ni,

Ia orana, Tena koe

The Fono is part of an exciting opportunity to transform how we provide health and wellbeing services for Pacific families. Our approach extends and strengthens an integrated way of working, and now includes Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Health Improvement Practitioner, Health Coach and integrated whanau ora and social services.  Pacific values, beliefs and practices sit at the heart of what we do, guiding our approach to serving.

 About the role

The Health Improvement Practitioner (HIP) role sits within the general practice team and can be easily accessed by Fono patients in need of support with mental wellbeing. This is an integrated role which provides education and advice to other members of the general practice team, the community based mental health support team and the wider Fono services as needed. The HIP role is guided by what works for Pacific people. Interventions are based on FACT and other brief approaches and are delivered in ways that align with Pacific values and practices.

“A part of my role I really appreciate is the opportunity for talanoa. Honouring the space for this to occur and gaining a genuine cultural understanding of client issues means that people are more likely to succeed with their plans. A patient recently shared her grief story with me, and went on to develop a plan around grief and her role in the family. It was a privilege to witness how achieving her goals also helped with the management of her diabetes, sleep, family relationships and stress”.

Richard Dalhousie – HIP at The Fono

We are now growing our team and are recruiting for HIPs based in West Auckland and South Auckland. The role can be from 0.4FTE to full time.

About you

You will see this as a tremendous opportunity to use your skills and training in a vital area of need.  You will be motivated by the opportunity to significantly contribute to improving wellbeing for Pacific people through the delivery of effective mental health interventions and services.  You will have:

  • A current New Zealand health or social work registration  (RN, OT, RSW, Psychologist, DAPAANZ)
  • A passion for mental health and experience in talking therapies
  • A deep understanding of Pacific culture and protocols and the ability to engage with individuals and family from a variety of cultures and backgrounds
  • A positive ‘can-do’ attitude and psychological flexibility
  • Energy to be part of, and contribute to the ongoing development of this exciting Fono development and ongoing Pacific community-driven innovations

 How we can support you in the HIP role:

  • Cultural training by Pacific leaders
  • Ongoing Professional Supervision
  • A professional development and training programme to ensure you have the skills, tools and confidence to be exceptional in the HIP role 
  • Access to consultation with professionals from all Pacific nations
  • Membership in a multidisciplinary organisation 
  • Find out more / apply:

For an application form, job description or further details contact Anthony 027 272 3388 or text HIP to 0212713333 with your email or respond to this advertisement and send your details – putting HIP in the subject line.