A  new kind of medicine

and healthcare

  • The Patient's Story

  • Exploring your story

  • Diseases full of meaning

  • Symbolic disorders

  • Transforming your clinical practice

  • Role of relationship in physical treatment and healing

The wholeperson-centred treatment approach

Seven features that make our approach new and unique in modern healthcare

  1. We believe in wholes. All of us, and all patients with diseases, are WHOLES and must be treated as Wholes.
  2. Physical disease is not separate from the person as a whole. We have a WHOLE PERSON treatment approach.
  3. To access the whole we ask for, and listen to, the patient’s STORY.
  4. As the STORY emerges, connections between the illness and the story can be discovered.
  5. We offer exploration of Story along with any relevant standard medical treatment and both happen together from the beginning.
  6. All clinicians should see persons as wholes , talking and behaving towards them as wholes.
  7. All clinicians should expect and respond to stories in some way as part of normal practice.

Latest Stories

 by practising clinicians

Do not invent anything

by Brian Broom
Read the Story >

Forging Stories

by Brian Broom
Read the Story >

I gave it my best shot

by Brian Broom
Read the Story >

What would you like to find out?

What is Wholeperson Healthcare?
Could knowing my story help with a physical problem?

Have a look at the first half of Illness Explorer, which gives lots of information on this question.

Is this for me?
PATIENTS: How to find the Story
CLINICIANS: How to listen for a story
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  • Disclaimer: The Whole Person Healthcare site information is constructed by clinicians working in conventional health disciplines and who use ordinary everyday healthcare treatments. The information is provided to enable patients and other clinicians to include any ‘story’ and life experience factors involved in triggering and perpetuating illness along with normal medical and other healthcare. It is the responsibility of each reader to make sure they are seeking and making full and appropriate use of normal healthcare resources along with whatever they find helpful here.

Illness Explorer

A guided journey for learning about Whole Person Healthcare.

Reflective Pieces

March 9, 2022
A plunge into the ‘whole’

I have been asking myself, yet again, ‘Where does a ‘whole person-centred’ approach fit in modern New Zealand?’ The Government has taken the plunge. Our indigenous Maori people are getting a well-funded opportunity to organise a more ‘wholistic’ healthcare system, for themselves, through the establishment of a new entity, the Maori Health Authority. Our current […]

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March 6, 2020
The Person-Centred Upholsterer

I discovered him by internet search–someone purporting to customise chairs for people with back problems. This sounded promising. I had fractured a vertebra six months previously, and sitting, chairs and pain had become wrestling partners. So I called him up the next day during normal office hours. He clearly wasn’t ready for customers; his name […]

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August 24, 2017
Imagination and its companions

How is it possible to be whole person-oriented and still feel that our work is manageable? Surely, we can’t be all things to all people? Biomedical diagnoses and treatments of the ‘mechanical’ (sic) body are largely grounded in recognizing typical clinical patterns, objectively measured and verifiable physical changes using reliable testing methods, and statistical evidence […]

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