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Expressions of interest (EOI) for Wintec Health Coach certificate

22 Jan 2020

Wintec are seeking EOIs from staff who wish to gain knowledge and beginner level skills to support a health coach/navigation role, or additional function to an existing role.  This course has been initially scoped with the primary care assistant(PCA) role in mind, where there is already a working relationship with the clinical team and where person centred health plans are in place or are planned. This course will also suit other team members who are supporting person centred goals. The skills gained in this course will enable a team member to walk alongside those  clients/ patients who have set health goals but require another layer of support. This course is predominantly an online six week course, with two spaced workshop days. The cost is to be confirmed but will likely be under $500 at this stage. The EoI process is to identify workshop numbers and frequency for 2020. For any enquiries about this course, to register your EOI, or to enquire about the PCA (Primary Care Assistant) role, contact

This link is to  a 15 minutes Counties Manukau DHB presentation introducing the health coach role. It provides principles and themes and will give a good idea of the possibilities. Please don’t share externally.


Some context on the course and role

The intention is to provide another layer of support for patients wanting to make changes in their lives. This could be around smoking cessation, healthy eating, or attending to some social and lifestyle issues that are impacting on a person’s wellbeing where they have decided to make some changes. The course will be designed to teach the participant skills around motivational interviewing, cultural considerations, goal setting and confidence, coaching, boundaries, community supports and health literacy.

It will allow participants to support patients to self manage meeting their goals, and be there to provide coaching to continue if needed. Ideally, the role sits in partnership with nurses who are doing health planning for patients. The health coach could assist the nurse by managing patients needing another layer of support that doesn’t require a nurse’s clinical skills. The course will be mostly online with 2 face to face days where practical skills will be developed. Wintec aim to keep the cost of the course under $500.

This skill can be a function of an existing role i.e. Health Care Assistant, or as standalone role and can be for anyone in the practice team.