Te Tumu Waiora – “To head towards wellness”

Te Tumu Waiora – Te Reo for “to head towards wellness” – is a way of delivering wellbeing, mental health and addictions support in general practice. The Te Tumu Waiora team provide holistic support for people to improve their own wellbeing.

At Doctors on Riccarton, we have a team of Health Improvement Practitioners (HIPs) and a Health Coaches (HCs) who provide targeted, brief intervention consults to patients who are experiencing mental distress or require additional support to improve their health and wellbeing.  They offer individualised goals, connecting them to other services as needed, and promoting self-management.  A support plan is developed for each individual, with follow up as needed which may be by text, email or  subsequent appointments with the team. For some people, the initial session is enough to provide the emotional or behavioural support required.

Health Improvement Practitioner (HIP)

Jess Calder (Occupational Therapist) – available Monday to Fridays

Brendan Sillifant (Masters in Counselling) – available Tuesdays

HIPs are registered health professionals with previous experience and specialist skills in mental health.

HIPs can provide advice and support for issues including (but not limited to):

  • grief & loss
  • distress
  • sleep
  • alcohol and drug dependency
  • relationship/family issues
  • moderate to severe mental health concerns

Health Coach (HC)

Liza Infante (Registered Nutritionist, Smoking Cessation Quit Care Provider) – Mondays and Tuesdays

Kristen Schrader (Exercise Science & Prescription, Nutrition) – Mondays and Tuesdays (phone consults), Wednesdays to Fridays

Health coaches have previous experience and specialist skills in physical health. They provide advice and support in self-management skills for lifestyle modification, particularly regarding long term conditions.

Examples of where a health coach can help include (but are not limited to):

  • diabetes
  • cholesterol
  • blood pressure
  • weight concerns
  • cardiovascular & respiratory conditions
  • mild mental health concerns

Useful Information and Resources

Family Harm Support

Our Health Improvement Practitioner has put together resources for people who are affected by family harm, people whose violent and abusive behaviour is affecting others and people who are worried about friends and family. Please click on the following link for information and support group details (up to date as at March 2023).