Health coaching

Announcing a strategic partnership with Wellcoaches Australia and Wellcoaches New Zealand

Wellcoaches Australia
Wellcoaches New Zealand

The Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine is thrilled to announce a strategic partnership with Wellcoaches® Australia and Wellcoaches® New Zealand.

Wellcoaches® founded the first coaching school for health and wellness professionals in the USA in 2000, in collaboration with the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine, and was instrumental in establishing the discipline of coaching science.

Since then, Wellcoaches® has continued to provide the gold standard for high impact, evidence-based, and innovative education, training, and certification. More than 12,000 coaches in over 50 countries have been trained and Wellcoaches® trains 1,200 coaches per year.

ASLM Fellow and Diplomate of the IBLM, Simon Matthews, has established an Australian and New Zealand base for Wellcoaches®, fully endorsed and supported by Wellcoaches® in the USA. He says, “With most of the developed world facing an epidemic of lifestyle-related disease like obesity, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and a number of cancers, the time is here for trained and skilled practitioners of health behaviour change to engage people in ways that will lead them to make sustained behavior and lifestyle changes.”

“Health coaching is solidly based in science and evidence and is the ‘tie that binds’ the pillars of lifestyle medicine. When viewed as the practical application of the principles of lifestyle medicine, health coaching is a formidable tool for improving the health of the nation”, Simon Matthews says.

Wellcoaches® aims to train health professionals from all disciplines to become expert facilitators of mindset and behaviour change that generates sustainable healthy lifestyles, which prevent and manage disease, and foster well-being and thriving.

Stephen Penman, Executive Director of ASLM says, “This is another pivotal moment for the development of Lifestyle Medicine in Australia and New Zealand.  We’re delighted to announce this partnership, especially knowing the difference that accessible and practical training in health coaching will make to practitioners. It’s not that ‘patients don’t want to change’, it’s that practitioners often don’t have the training or the resources to intervene in ways that can actually make a difference.”

A word from Margaret Moore (Coach Meg)

Margaret Moore

I’m thrilled to announce that Wellcoaches Australia is now part of the Wellcoaches family. Led by Simon Matthews, Psychologist and Fellow of ASLM, Wellcoaches Australia has formed a strategic partnership with ASLM, mirroring the long standing and highly beneficial partnership between Wellcoaches and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

Over 100 randomized controlled studies have shown coaching interventions combined with lifestyle medicine interventions produce significant improvements in health metrics. Wellcoaches Australia, along with ASLM, are well placed to see health professionals across the country equipped to be a part of this.

Wellcoaches Australia will deliver the same high quality education and credentialing delivered by Wellcoaches in the US, to enable coaches in private practice, or in a multidisciplinary team, to support Lifestyle Medicine as a critical element in healthcare.

More information

Margaret Moore on believing in change.

Margaret Moore on the stages of readiness.

Margaret Moore, aka Coach Meg, founded Wellcoaches Corporation in 2000, the first School of Coaching for health professionals and now a global standard-bearer for professional coaches in healthcare and wellness.

More videos from Wellcoaches and Margaret Moore.

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