Enrolment information

Healthy Conversation Skills is available free-of-charge to all health practitioners and promoters in New Zealand.

Healthy Conversation Skills is accredited for professional development hours for:

  • Midwives
  • Nurses
  • GPs

It has also been embedded in Plunket's professional development framework for nurses.

Find out about upcoming courses and then register to do a course here. 

If a course is not scheduled in your region, please email us to discuss holding a training day in your area. Email us at info@healthystartworkforce.org.nz


Professional development hours / points

Healthy Conversation Skills is accredited for professional development hours for midwives, nurses and GPs.  

Midwives: The Healthy Conversation Skills workshop has been endorsed by the NZ College of Midwives for six professional development hours.


Nurses: The Healthy Conversation Skills workshop qualifies for professional development hours.


General Practitioners: The Healthy Conversation Skills workshop has been endorsed by the Royal NZ College of General Practitioners for up to five CME credits for the General Practice Educational Programme and Maintenance of Professional Standards.


Healthy Conversation Skills Training

Previous NZ attendees say: "Great training - can be used in every aspect of life." "I enjoyed learning new ways to communicate wiht clients to encourage more positive health outcomes." "I can see how the strands of Healthy Conversation Skills weave with the whanau ora approach."


About Healthy Conversation Skills 

Healthy Conversation Skills Training is invaluable for all health professionals who have opportunities in their work to talk to patients or clients about lifestyle behaviour changes for long-term health. The tools and skills are helpful at every contact in any setting – at clinics, home visits, on marae or as the opportunity arises.

Participants will learn:

  • How to create opportunities to discuss health behaviours  
  • Different ways to approach nutrition and physical activity conversations
  • To use open discovery questions to better understand a client or family’s situation
  • Techniques to listen, reflect and encourage clients to set their own goals.


The sessions are run as a group and seek to:    

  • Explore your current practice
  • Promote reflection
  • Engage in group problem-solving
  • Encourage you to think about what you’ll do differently
  • Revisit  plans in subsequent sessions to facilitate real and lasting learning
  • Be challenging and discover new ways of working.


Healthy Conversation Skills was originally developed by the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit at The University of Southampton.  It has been adapted for use in New Zealand.

Published evaluation papers show it has been hugely successful in teaching skills which the workforce continue to use daily more than a year after training.  It has also been shown to  increase confidence and job satisfaction in what has traditionally been a difficult area to discuss with women and families.


Healthy Conversations Skills Workshop – Live Online


An interactive professional development experience, with practical skills based activities that you can do online - wherever you are!


Healthy Conversations Skills Workshop - Live Online, is designed specifically for those that want to learn the vital skills necessary to have empowering conversations to support behaviour change and would prefer to do this online rather than attend a full day workshop.

If attending one of our full day workshops doesn’t work for you then join us via the web conference tool ‘Zoom’ instead. You can complete the training in two parts over two days.


There is no software to download and you don’t need to have a Zoom account, you just need to click on the link we send you, when it’s time to join the online workshop.


All you need is a reliable internet connection and microphone (check details below), a quiet space, at work or home - wherever suits you.


You will receive a resource booklet by email along with the hyperlink to join the training and that’s it - you’re ready to go!


Key points:

  • Convenient two-part live online workshop that you can block out in advance.
  • Facilitated live.
  • Free to New Zealand health practitioners and eligible for the professional development points for GP’s, nurses and midwives - points and certificate upon completion.
  • System Requirements for Zoom access: An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE), Speakers and a microphone – built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth, a webcam or HD webcam  built-in or USB plug-in.
  • Bandwidth Requirements for Zoom access: 600kbps/1.2Mbps (up/down) for high quality video (you can check your bandwidth here https://broadbandmap.nz/)      
  • Any problems getting Zoom to work for you - visit their helpdesk https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us  


Any questions, then feel free to email us at info@healthystartworkforce.org.nz  

Register for Healthy Conversation Skills Training below:

It is recommended that Healthy Conversation Skills participants also enrol in the Healthy Start Education programme to learn more about the clinical and scientific evidence behind the benefits of good nutrition and physical activity before, during and after pregnancy for a person's life-long health.