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Hi, my name is Melanie Marusczak.

I am a Health Improvement Practitioner (HIP) here at Te Aro Health Center. My training is as a Nurse and Nurse Practitioner. For the past 6 years, I worked in adult primary care in Berkeley, California. I also have specialty training in behavioural health. I moved to NZ last year and soon after I arrived, I learned about the HIP role and knew it was for me!

I love that as a HIP I get to support our whaiora to connect to a life that brings them meaning while allowing space for people to connect with the things that matter most to them. I also love working as a member of your primary care team alongside the wonderful providers here at Te Aro Health Center!

What is a Health Improvement Practitioner?

A Health Improvement Practitioner is a medical professional with specialty training in behavioural health interventions. This role was developed so whaiora can be better supported within their own community- at their primary care clinic!

Some of the topics we can work together on:

  • Sleep
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Pain
  • Treatment Adherence
  • Health Choices
  • Risk and Safety
  • Family Issues
  • Grief
  • Relationship Problems
  • Chronic Conditions

What to expect:

  • Appointments run between 20 to 30 minutes
  • There is no charge for appointments with a HIP
  • Same day appointments are often available, or appointments can be scheduled in advance
  • Drop-in appointments are available at DCM on scheduled days
  • You must be a member of Te Aro Health Center to see a HIP

Interested in scheduling a time to meet with our HIP, Melanie?

Just book in a time with our front desk or call us at 04 385 0255

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