Total Healthcare CEO welcomes support

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Health Minister David Clark pictured with Total Healthcare CEO Mark Vella, left, outside the Local Doctors Dawson clinic for the launch.

Total Healthcare PHO chief executive officer Mark Vella says support for a model of team-based primary care shows what can be achieved when the health and NGO sectors come together to collaborate.

The model, adding a mental health clinician and peer health coach to GP teams, has been piloted in seven Total Healthcare and ProCare practices in Auckland and it has proven to be successful in supporting people towards wellness.

Its success has been due to the partnerships with PHOs, Auckland and Counties Manukau DHBs, and NGOs including Emerge Aotearoa and Pathways that provide peer and community support.

"We look forward to this model of care becoming the norm, particularly in clinics that support higher needs communities with large youth, Māori and Pasifika populations like ours," Mr Vella says.

"The trial has been particularly successful in helping patients from these communities access psychological and social support services for the first time.

"Total Healthcare has about 115,000 Māori and Pasifika registered patients, so it makes it particularly heartening to see this model of care supported by the government. We are also in a great position to expand our services, with space available in 37 of our clinics, for up to 40 extra health coaches and clinicians trained in this model."