Royal College of GPs endorses Healthy Conversation Skills

15 December 2016
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The Healthy Start Workforce team is looking forward to working with family doctors now that the Royal College of General Practitioners has endorsed the Healthy Conversation Skills course.

The College approved the one-day workshop for up to five credits for CME for the General Practice Educational Programme and Maintenance of Professional Standards.

The Healthy Conversation Skills course supports GPs with tools and strategies to have more effective conversations with clients about lifestyle behaviour change.

Healthy Start Workforce project lead, Susan Miller, says discussing lifestyle behaviour change is a daily reality for most GPs.

“GPs are at the coalface and see the harsh reality of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes in their consultation rooms every day.  They need effective skills to speak with their clients about these conditions and the lifestyle changes that can help to combat them and improve long-term health. 

“A Healthy Conversation Skills course gives GPs a toolbox of strategies to do just that and will support them to work with clients to plan for healthy and lasting lifestyle behaviour changes,” Ms Miller says. 

The Healthy Conversation Skills workshop is now endorsed by the Royal College of GPs, the College of Nurses Aotearoa and the New Zealand College of Midwives.

You can register for a Healthy Conversation Skills course here.