What is the difference between a Health Coach and a Health Navigator. Louise Schofield explains.
PreKure was established two years ago by a group of health and medical professionals, who really wanted to put prevention to the forefront of health care. We want a change from what is essentially a sick care system to a health care system.
A Health Coach provides clarity, they provide inspiration, but most importantly, they walk alongside someone to help with behaviour change.
What is a Health Coach?
Here at PreKure we train and accredit Health Coaches. A Health Coach is someone who works in primary care or in the community in their own practice. A Health Coach provides clarity, they provide inspiration, but most importantly, they walk alongside someone to help with behaviour change – long-term, sustainable behaviour change. Health coaching takes about 6 months of training. It covers health, science and nutrition. It covers positive psychology and behaviour change, as well as coaching techniques.
What is a Health Navigator?
A Health Navigator is someone with lived experience, perhaps of mental health or addiction issues, who works within the local community to help support people, in changing their behaviour. A Health Navigator helps to link someone up with other professionals in the health care system.
With Health Coaching, there is an international standard that needs to be met in terms of training and qualifications. You’re not a registered health professional, as yet if you’re a Health Coach, that’s still coming in the future. There is an important independent association, the Health Coaches Australia and New Zealand Association, that sets the standards for training and ensures the credibility of Health Coaches in New Zealand and Australia.
Here at PreKure, we’re on a mission to put well-trained and credible Health Coaches into primary care in New Zealand and Australia.
PreKure’s Health Coach training has a micro-credential in the New Zealand Qualifications framework at level 5. Many of our courses are also endorsed by the Royal New Zealand College of GPs.
We believe that prevention is cure. Together we are inspiring a change in medicine to ensure that it is health care, and not just sick care.