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1 1 Living Positively A personal health coach pilot project Health Coach program experience with PLWHA I Coutts (BSW), MAASW Living Positively is a joint project of VAC/GMHC and PLWHA Victoria

2 2 Background Pilot project One-on-one support Help define personal health goals Provide support and encouragement Question: Is providing one-on-one intensive assistance as effective in changing behaviours and increasing healthy living skills as broad based community- based health promotion programs?

3 3 Theoretical Framework STRENGTHS/EMPOWERMENT Everything you do as a worker will be predicated, in some way, on helping to discover and embellish, explore and exploit clients strengths and resources in the service of assisting them to achieve their goals (Blundo 2001) SOLUTION FOCUSSED HEALTH COACHING Helping clients achieve positive health and lifestyle outcomes through attitude and behaviour change

4 4 Practice tools and methods MEANING Exploring meaning and the myriad of ways of interpreting our experiences can shed a different light on events and open up new possibilities (McCashen 2005) Effective communication Relationship building Health coaching tools Regular monitoring, use of diaries Skill development Collaborations/partnerships

5 5 Case Study Demographic summary: Male 40yrs Bisexual Not currently in a relationship Income – DSP, part-time work Renting privately Health – fair HIV positive since 2002 Not currently on anti-retroviral treatments

6 6 Case Study - Background Identified health goals: Perform regular exercise and build muscle Eat meals more regularly Reduce stress and be more calm Return to regular work or study Quit smoking

7 7 Case Study – Interventions and methods Build trusting relationship Look for strengths Focus on success Provide material assistance

8 8 Case Study – Outcomes Current situation: Feeling healthier, stronger - regularly attending gym Decreased stress levels – more positive/motivated Eating healthy meals daily – increased weight, more confident in appearance Recently accepted into university My ever growing motivation to improve every aspect of my life is taking me places and achieving goals that I had previously avoided… The social connection of being around similarly motivated people has been invaluable…the project helped me regain the self-confidence and courage that I needed

9 9 Evaluations and feedback Some narratives from participants: The most important and effective role the project played was in giving me a focus on my health and well being and making me feel I was doing something to help myself I liked the feeling that someone was taking an interest over time and getting to know your particular situation. With HIV often the services and advice can feel a bit disjointed, so it really helps to feel theres someone there who can help you do a bit of a holistic stock- take of what you are doing and where you are at

10 10 Challenges and reflections Reflections: Relationship building – key to outcomes Knowledge health coaching techniques Knowledge resources/networking/collaborations Seeing success Challenges: Need to be motivated to make change Each person moves at their own pace Coaching vs. counselling

11 11 Health coaching - It can work for you! Have you ever thought about making some positive changes to you life? Or considered the benefits of having a health coach to support you in this process? The Living Positively Project is a program that offers personal health coaching to help you achieve your health related goals. If you are HIV positive and looking for some assistance in making some life changes then this program may be for you. In the Living Positively Project you will be provided with intensive one-on-one assistance to help you meet your health goals through support and monitoring, by way of regular meetings with your health coach, who will provide support and organise for both group and/or individual skill development programs to take place. The items you may want to address could include (but are not limited to) such issues as: Better diet and nutrition Stopping smoking A personalised exercise/fitness plan Stress management Building better relationships Here are some comments from people who have already participated in the project: A life changing experience I have a completely transformed state of mind and am tackling the changes I need to make to my life with enthusiasm Participating has helped me work through a difficult period and given me the confidence I can carry on with the work of self change Recruitment for the project is now taking place so if you would like further information, please contact Ian at the Positive Living Centre on (03) or or A pilot project between the Victorian AIDS Council/Gay Mens Health Centre and PLWHA Victoria Inc.


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