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Evidence based. Effective. Practical

One in two Australians have at least one chronic disease, with preventable lifestyle factors (poor diet and nutrition, physical inactivity, smoking and alcohol over consumption etc) known to account for at least 70% of the total healthcare burden. Obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, depression and anxiety not only lead to a poor quality of life, they also place a huge demand on the health system that attempts to manage them.

 

Traditionally, the health professional’s role in assisting patients to change their unhealthy habits and adopt healthier life-long behaviours has been to educate, persuade and prescribe actions to reduce ill-health.

 

By focusing on preventative health, early intervention and addressing diet and lifestyle, health coaches have the opportunity to help clients manage lifestyle related disease and make a huge impact on the future of Australia’s health.

At Accredited Health Coaching Australia, we've developed health coach training courses, incorporating evidence based health behaviour change interventions and techniques that promote self-efficacy, self-determination and self-responsibility. You'll be introduced to a toolbox of motivational interviewing, positive psychology, the transtheoretical model and health and coaching psychology to assist you in supporting clients to achieve sustainable health behaviours and outcomes.

Written and delivered by health professionals, Accredited Health Coaching Australia courses have been designed to be fully online and flexible, supporting you with practical webinars to ensure you develop the core coaching skills. 

 

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We know prevention is better than cure but all too often it is only once a health condition has developed and is impacting our lifestyle that we decide it is important to take action to address our health.

 

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About us: About

Our Team

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Shivaun Conn

Director and Trainer

Accredited Health Coaching Australia

Shivaun Conn is a Certified Health Coach, Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD), Accredited Nutritionist (AN), Certified Trainer and Assessor, Director of Discovery Health Coaching, Former Vice President of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine, Professional Member of the Health Coaches Australia & New Zealand Association (HCANZA), and University of Sydney Honours graduate (BSc (Nutrition & Dietetics) Hons).

 

She has worked for 17 years as a dietitian, health coach and presenter. She currently coaches individuals in nutrition and lifestyle, trains practitioners in health behaviour change, and develops nutrition and health coaching programs across a range of sectors.

 

Her experience coaching individuals of all ages and backgrounds to achieve their health & lifestyle goals will help you with practical and easy to implement strategies to support clients/patients no matter their stage of change.

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Sharon Curtain

Director and Trainer

Accredited Health Coaching Australia

Sharon Curtain is a dietitian and health coach with twenty -five years experience in clinical and corporate nutrition. Beginning her career in primary health care, she has worked in the public health system, in the healthcare industry and has an in depth knowledge of food regulations and the food industry. 

 

Sharon is trained in adult education principles and training, developing the first VET accredited Diploma of Health Coaching course in Australia. She is a lecturer and tutor in health coaching and nutrition as part of the James Cook University qualifications in Lifestyle medicine.

 

A Certified Health Coach, Sharon is on the Board of Health Coaches Australia New Zealand Association and is a passionate advocate that all health professionals and practitioners be trained in the communication and behaviour change skills that empower patients/clients to take proactive actions towards better health. 

 

 

Sharon completed a Bachelor of Science at Melbourne University and a Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics at Deakin University, Melbourne.

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