Te Tumu Waiora Team

The Tumu Waiora in Te Reo means 'to head towards wellness'. It is the Ministry of Health's funded Integrated Primary Mental Health and Addiction Service. It is an integrated model of care based on primary care behavioural health, that aims to empower people to manage their own health and wellbeing. 

Part of this integrated model is around the introduction of three new roles into the general practice team:

- Health Improvement Practitioner

- Health Coach

- NGO Community Support Worker (Awhi Ora)


Health Improvement Practitioner (HIP)

Chris Smith

Chris works Monday – Thursday 8:30am-4:30pm.  Chris is a registered Occupational Therapist by profession. HIPs have the skills and knowledge to help with things like:

  • Stress
  • Sleep
  • Anxiety, depression, feeling down
  • Coping with physical health conditions
  • Relationship challenges
  • Alcohol or drug concerns

What to expect when you see a HIP:

  • Brief sessions 20-30 mins
  • A focus on practical strategies to support you with your wellbeing straight away
  • Linking you with external services if needed
  • Face to face or phone consults depending on what works best for you

Ask your doctor or nurse for an appointment with Chris.  There are same day appointments available, or you can book at a time that works better for you.

What it is not:

This is not counselling or psychotherapy. HIP sessions are about developing a plan that you can start using straight away to improve wellbeing.

714 Swanson Rd, Swanson, Auckland 0612

09 833 9433

09 832 1206