Health Improvement Practitioner based in GORE

Brief Intervention Service · Gore, Otago/Southland
Department Brief Intervention Service
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level


Ko te aroka o te tūraka


To work within a general practice as a regular team member, delivering brief, consultation-based services to general practice team members and general practice patients.  To provide brief evidence-based behavioural interventions to individuals, groups and families for both mental health and physical health conditions in people of all ages.

To be actively engaged with utilising an integrated ‘Model of Care’ that supports clients’ needs and enables them to move seamlessly between services in general practice and, if needed, community based, NGOs and speciality services such as secondary mental health and addiction services.



Kā whakawhānaukataka       


Reports to 

Ka taokohaka                                   Brief Intervention Service, Team Leader


Responsible for

Te Takohaka mō                                   N/a




kei roto                                                               Health Coach

                                                                             Primary Mental Health team

                                                                            Clinical teams

                                                                            Practice Network team




kei waho                                                          Client, their family/whanau.

                                                                          Primary care Practices

                                                                            GPs and Practice Nurses

                                                                            Southern DHB

                                                                            Hospital, Community Services, Allied Health Teams                               Community Providers



                                                                            Rural Hospitals

                                                                            Rural Providers


                                                                            St John Ambulance



Treaty of Waitangi – ko Te Tiriti o Waitangi

WellSouth is committed to its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi.  As an employee you are required to give effect to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi - Partnership, Participation and Protection.



Health and Safety – whakaiti aituā

WellSouth is committed to achieving the highest level of health and safety for its staff. All employees are expected to take initiative and identify, report and resolve issues that may cause harm to themselves or others in the organization.  As an employee of WellSouth, the health and safety of clients and colleagues, as well as your own, are your responsibility. You are expected to work safely at all times, and to actively participate in health and safety programs in your area. It is expected that you will report all accidents or potential hazards to your manager.


KEY TASKS and ACCOUNTABILITIES  Kā mahi kai parāoa, kā hakahaka


General Practice Team Participation

Active participation within the general practice team and support for building team competence in addressing mental health and addictions. 

All general practice meetings/huddles for the general practice team are attended. 

Seeks and acts upon opportunities to educate self and other general practice team members in behavioural health.

Close working relationship with the general practice’s health coach is developed.

Consultation/liaison is provided to general practice team.

Clear documentation of all general practice-related activity.


Clinical Service Delivery

Delivery of high quality behavioural interventions.

Knowledge of the behavioural health consultancy model and ability to implement the model demonstrated.

Individual sessions, couples, groups and whānau sessions are delivered.

15 – 30 minute evidence-based interventions are provided for a wide variety of issues (both mental health and physical health related) to people of all ages, with a focus on prevention, acute care, and chronic disease management.

Provide between 8 - 10 sessions per day

People are supported to identify and achieve the results they are seeking.

A high level of access for the enrolled population to primary care-based brief interventions achieved.

Skills, knowledge and attitudes for culturally safe practice are demonstrated.

Clear and concise notes that comply with established standards are entered within practice’s Patient Management System and all privacy requirements are maintained.

All required client-related information and activities are recorded.


Primary Mental Health Integration

Enthusiastically engaged in the Integrated Model of Primary Care Behavioural Health

Positive relationships are maintained with all members of the General Practice Team.

Active contribution to evaluation and refinement of the model.

Partnership with the practice’s Health Coach is evidenced.

A collaborative working relationship is formed with NGOs working with the general practice as a part of this model.

A collaborative working relationship is formed with DHB secondary mental health and addictions staff working with the general practice.

Assistance with care coordination and access to outside resources is provided as needed.


Professional Accountability

Professionally proficient and accountable clinician.

Requirements of the clinician’s professional and registering body are met.

Current APC (annual practice certificate) is held.

Participation in model fidelity workforce development and coaching.

Active participant in observed practice and all other quality assurance processes. Participation in regular supervision.

Maintain and collate the daily practice management sheet for auditing purposes

HIP surveys to be completed with the practice on a quarterly basis

Participation in peer review.

Adherence to professional code of ethics.

Knowledge of any legal guidelines relevant to practice demonstrated.

Relevant training is attended.

Engagement in CPD (continuing professional development).

Clinician seeks appropriate professional and collegial support.


Team Membership

Active engagement as a member of WellSouth.

Team meetings are attended as required.

Organisation policies, procedures and requirements are known and complied with.





Professional Experience – Kā tautōhito

  • Awareness and understanding of the implications of the Treaty of Waitangi to WellSouth as a public health organisation
  • Has demonstrated commitment to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and promoting positive outcomes for Tangata Whenua.
  • Clinical experience working in a mental health setting (primary and/or secondary) providing evidence-based psychological interventions.
  • Knowledge of behavioural medicine and the relationship between medical and psychological systems
  • Experience working with Maori, Pasifika and Youth


Qualifications – kā tohu

  • Registered health professional with current annual practising certificate, e.g. psychologist, nurse, occupational therapist, social worker.
  • Qualifications in CBT or ACT are an advantage.


Business/Technical Skills – kā pukena


Experience working with diversity.

Flexible, self-starter

Willing to embrace new ways of working

Has the skills listed below or a strong interest in learning them:

  • Basic understanding of general practice
  • Ability to work with a diverse patient and staff population
  • Basic non-technical knowledge of psychotropic and other relevant medications
  • Ability to work at a fast pace with a flexible schedule
  • A proven ability to be a team player
  • Excellent communication skills
  • An ability to work closely and collaboratively with key stakeholders
  • An understanding and sensitivity to working with all cultures
  • Ability to competently use computers, able to work in an electronic medical record
  • Ability to work independently within agreed boundaries
  • Respects differences
  • Builds strong supportive relationships
  • Acts according to sound ethical and moral values
  • Openness to continue learning





The position has the delegated authorities set out as per the Delegations policy.  This policy may be amended from time to time.



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  • Location
    Gore, Otago/Southland
  • Department
    Brief Intervention Service
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience