Interprofessional Programmes

AUT Integrated Health:
Interprofessional Programmes

  • AUT Integrated Health (AIH) offers a number of programmes which provide clients experiencing particular health challenges with the opportunity to meet others experiencing similar challenges and to be cared for by a team of students who come from a range of health backgrounds.
  • The interprofessional programmes currently offered include one for people with Type 2 diabetes, a wellness based programme for people who have experienced a life changing event or condition, a music based group programme for primary aged school children, a cardiopulmonary rehabilitation programme and a programme for people living with Parkinson's disease.
  • In addition to these specific programmes, we also have a number of regular groups that run throughout the year. These include: adaptive yoga, tai chi, a neurofit class and hydrotherapy sessions.
  • All of the interprofessional programmes at AIH provide AUT students from a number of health professions with opportunities to work collaboratively in the provision of client-centred care. Concurrently, students develop interprofessional capabilities for graduate practice through learning with, from and about others’ professions.
  • Students providing services within the clinic have opportunities to learn from, with, and about one another (interprofessional learning) in the provision of person centred interprofessional care. Students not only develop discipline specific knowledge and skills, but are also able to recognise and develop the dispositional qualities necessary for them to become collaborative and practice ready.

Interprofessional Programmes

If you would like to find out more about the programmes listed below or to make a booking, please contact Jane or Carey at AUT Integrated Health Reception.

Living Well

  • This programme takes a whole person approach and aims to encourage students, educators and clients/whaiora to meaningfully explore living with life changing conditions or events.  The programme includes students from physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nursing, counselling psychology, psychotherapy, osteopathy and dietetics (Massey).

Kids Jam

  • Kids' Jam is an interprofessional music based programme for children aged between 6-10 years who experience ongoing challenges engaging socially with their peers and who have become progressively isolated from participation in those everyday activities which enhance their cognitive, emotional and physical developmental milestones.  It aims to provide children with the opportunity to participate in activities that encourage team work, communication, confidence, movement and collaboration through the medium of music.  The programme can include students from physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nursing, podiatry, oral health, speech and language therapy and music therapy and is being delivered in collaboration with the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre.  The programme provides students with the opportunity to work closely with the children and their families in the provision of a person centred and needs led programme.


  • The diabetes programme provides holistic, person/whanau centred, interprofessional and clinically integrated care services for people living with type 2 diabetes.  The programme includes students from podiatry, oral health, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nursing, counselling psychology, psychotherapy, nutrition and health promotion. The programme supports the development of clients' ability to optimise their lifestyle choices for improving health outcomes.

Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation

  • Provides an interprofessional approach to supporting clients engaged in physiotherapy-led cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation exercise sessions.  Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) is an evidence-based exercise and education intervention for people with chronic respiratory disease (such as COPD, emphysema) and people post cardiac event/diagnosis (post-MI, CABG, angina).  As well as (and perhaps because of) having a chronic cardiac or respiratory disease, many people will experience anxiety and depression, nutrition problems and difficulty managing their activities of daily living. This programme supports the clients' experience of living with a long term respiratory or cardiac condition. This programme can include students from physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nursing, dietetic, psychotherapy and counselling psychology.

Creative Futures - Living your Life with Parkinson's

  • Creative Futures is a holistic, person centred, interprofessional programme for people living with Parkinson's disease.  The programme includes students from physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dietetics, older persons health and speech-language therapy.  Students work together alongside clients assisting them to meet their identified goals through individually tailored and group interventions that empower them to create their futures and live life with Parkinson's.

Adaptive Yoga

  • The adaptive yoga series helps participants to develop small and meaningful changes in control, posture, breathing awareness, concentration and inner strength.  We make an effort to create a supportive non-competitive atmosphere in which participants can enjoy being physically active.  People with long-term health conditions or disability, or recovering from a serious illness are welcome to join, no prior experience is necessary.

Nordic Walking

  • Nordic walking is a gentle form of exercise that integrates the activation of the upper body into the act of walking to propel the body forwards.  This increases the muscle work of the upper body, gently increasing workload which leads to improved cardio-vascular fitness levels.  Nordic walking trains the body in a natural, symmetrical and balanced way and can improve posture, co-ordination, step length and arm swing.

Tai Chi

  • Tai Chi is a way of practicing mindful moving, reducing stress and anxiety whilst improving circulation, co-ordination, flexibility and strength.  It is often described as "meditation in motion", but it might well be called "medication in motion" (Harvard Women's Health Watch, May 2009).


  • Aquatic Therapy sessions (hydrotherapy) are run in our pool onsite at AUT's north campus.  Participants will have a circuit programme tailored to their needs with close supervision. This consists of cardiovascular, strength and flexibility exercises.  Classes will be an hour long and will compose of a group warm up, individualised exercises using pool equipment (eg floats, boards, etc.) and a cool down.


  • This is an exercise class for people with neurological impairments.  It runs twice a week for an hour.  Students supervise individual clients doing pre-determined exercises in a circuit.  Patients determine their own goals and aspirations.  Therapy might include exercises for strengthening, transfers, lifting, balance, gait and stairs with a focus on high intensity and challenge.

Living with Breathlessness (coming soon...)

  • Will provide opportunities for students to work with clients living in the community who have difficulty breathing easily and effectively.