Coaching & Behaviour Change

Podcast Episodes

#81 Health coaching in practice with Kim Poyner, practice nurse & Simon Matthews, psychologist

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#79 Positive psychology with Dr Tim Sharp, aka Dr Happy

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#71 Acceptance and commitment therapy with Prof Bruce Arroll, GP

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#69 UnDo it with Dr Dean Ornish

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#66 Prescribing happiness with Dr Darren Morton, PhD

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#60 Health coaching and behaviour change with Kim Poyner, practice nurse and health coach

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#48 Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) with Therrie Rosenvald, psychologist

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#42 Placebo, empathy and positive language with Dr Jeremy Howick, PhD

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#12 Smoking cessation with A/Prof Renee Bittoun

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#10 How do we change patient behaviour? with Shivaun Conn, dietitian

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Health Coaching Support Programs (for patients)

My Health for Life (QLD only, for patients)

A free, six-month program where you (the patient) work with a health coach to achieve your health goals.  Note: this course is available to eligible residents of Queensland, Australia only.

Get Healthy NSW (NSW only, for patients)

Free telephone-based health service that provides you with the support and motivation you need to reach your own healthy lifestyle goals. Note: this course is available to eligible residents of New South Wales, Australia only.

Life! Helping you prevent diabetes, heart disease and stroke (Victoria only, for patients)

The Life! program is a free Victorian healthy lifestyle program that helps you reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Run by expert health professionals, the program is delivered as a group course or a telephone health coaching service. Note: this course is available to eligible residents of Victoria, Australia only.

Get Healthy SA (SA only, for patients)

Your free SA Health service providing the expertise and motivation to help you reach your health goals. Note: this course is available to eligible residents of South Australia, Australia only.

Online Resources

MediCoach: Health coaching training for health clinics from practice nurse, Kim Poyner. Working with medical centres to deliver best practice health outcomes and optimise income.  Includes training courses in behaviour change and others.

LiveSmart Health Coaching Toolkit: Pages 18-20 are decent lifestyle assessment, confidence and goal setting print-outs for clinicians to use with their patients. Recommendation: pair these tools with a SMART goal tool. Both are PDFs.

HealthChange: Provides a behaviour change methodology to embed and support person-centred care and self-management in health service delivery. An all-in-one resource for self-compassion. The official website of Dr. Kristin Neff, pioneering self-compassion researcher, author and teacher.


TED Talk on the space between self-esteem and self-compassion, by Kristin Neff


Coaching Psychology Manual, Margaret Moore

Prepare for Wellcoaches certification and your career as a health and wellness coach with Coaching Psychology Manual, 2e. Now in full colour and, examples, and real-life scenarios, this comprehensive guide covers techniques and concepts for supporting clients in changing the behaviours and mindsets needed to thrive in all areas of wellness, including fitness, nutrition, weight, mind/body, stress, and management of life issues that impact well-being.

No Sweat, Michelle Segar

Written to help people who have struggled to stay motivated as well as the professionals who work with them, No Sweat translates years of research on exercise and motivation into a simple four-point program that will empower you to break the cycle of exercise failure once and for all.  You’ll discover why you should forget about willpower and stop gritting your teeth through workouts you hate. Instead, you’ll become motivated from the inside out and start to crave physical activity. You’ll be hooked. Practical, proven, and loaded with inspiring stories, No Sweat makes getting fit easier–and more fun–than you ever imagined. Get ready to embrace an active lifestyle that you’ll love.

Instant Rapport, Michael Brooks

Instant Rapport allows you to forge an immediate bond with anyone, anywhere. It will literally reform the way the world sees you. Author Michael Brooks — nationally acclaimed communications expert — shares the same Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) techniques he has taught to fortune 500 executives in his renowned seminars. These remarkable secrets — also used by the U.S. Olympic Team and the U.S. Army — will help you take charge of your personal and business life.

Skills for Communicating with Patients, Jonathan Silverman, Suzanne Kurtz & Juliet Draper

One of two companion books on improving communication in medicine, which together provide a comprehensive approach to teaching and learning communication skills throughout all levels of medical education in both specialist and family medicine. Since their publication, the first edition of this book and its companion, Teaching and Learning Communication Skills in Medicine, have become established standard texts in communication skills teaching throughout the world. This substantially expanded third edition has been fully updated in relation to the current literature and revised to reflect the explosion of research on healthcare communication since the second edition was published in 2005. It incorporates considerable evidence in support of the skills of the Calgary-Cambridge Guides, offering a comprehensive and now even more evidence-based delineation of the skills that make a difference when communicating with patients. It explores the specific skills of doctor-patient communication and provides wide-ranging evidence of the improvement that those skills can make to health outcomes and everyday clinical practice.

Getting Past No: Negotiating in difficult situations, William Ury

In Getting Past No, William Ury of Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation offers a proven breakthrough strategy for turning adversaries into negotiating partners. You’ll learn how to: stay in control under pressure; defuse anger and hostility; find out what the other side really wants; counter dirty tricks; use power to bring the other side back to the table; reach agreements that satisfies both sides’ needs. Getting Past No is the state-of-the-art book on negotiation for the twenty-first century. It will help you deal with tough times, tough people, and tough negotiations. You don’t have to get mad or get even. Instead, you can get what you want!

Getting to Yes: Negotiating an agreement without giving in, William Ury

Getting to Yes has been in print for over thirty years. This timeless classic has helped millions of people secure win-win agreements both at work and in their private lives. Founded on principles like: don’t bargain over positions; separate the people from the problem; insist on objective criteria. Getting to Yes simplifies the whole negotiation process, offering a highly effective framework that will ensure success.

Online Courses

Wellcoaches | Wellcoaches Australia

Health and wellness coaches are expert facilitators of of sustainable change in mindset and ​behaviours. Translating science into coaching practice, Wellcoaches teaches you how to use coaching tools and processes that help others get healthier and happier. Wellcoaches was the first coaching school for health and wellness professionals, founded in 2002. They work in collaboration with the American College of Sports Medicine and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and are a first-mover in establishing coaching science in the US.

MediCoach Online Courses

Health coaching training for health clinics from practice nurse, Kim Poyner.  Featuring courses in behaviour change, practice management, care planning and more!

Shared Medical Appointments

As chronic and lifestyle-related diseases continue to rise, traditional 1:1 consultations are proving to be an increasingly insufficient and inefficient means of managing the needs of our patients. Shared Medical Appointments (SMAs) may serve part of the solution.


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