Tads Training

Behavioural Health Training


  1. Key findings from TADS research indicate that practitioners choose to enter a person’s world of personal behavioural practices without being invited, interpret the ‘problem’ or ‘behaviour’ from their own professional lens and then apply the usual ‘corrective action’: these are missed productive communication opportunities.
  2. All developmental stages and resources for the TADS training programme have been determined and constructed by community and participant feedback and ongoing involvement. TADS Māori, Pacific and Youth facilitators have been significant contributors in its research and development.
  3. A brief conversation which occurs in the right context and utilising brief opportunistic interaction (BOI) skills can result in positive patient lifestyle choices.
  4. Many health professionals have the desire and commitment to assist their patients in lifestyle behaviour change but lack the skills.
  5. 85% of the general public present at a general practice setting annually, but many potentially harmful or existing risky behaviours frequently go undetected.
  6. A five-minute brief interaction is as effective as four 20-minute counselling sessions.

TADS research:

    2016:John Hopkins University, USA. Student Video lecture. Motivational Interviewing & Brief Opportunistic Interactions: TADS Programme. Barbara Docherty

    2015: Published Paper: Developing Brief Opportunistic Interactions: practitioners facilitate patients to identify and change health risk behaviours at an early preventive stage. Docherty B, Sheridan N, Kenealy T. Prim Health Care Res Dev. 2015 Nov 20:1-14.

    2013: Master of Nursing Thesis. 1st Class Honours. Barbara Docherty. The University of Auckland, 2013.

    Title: Brief opportunistic interventions: A novel approach to behaviour change interactions

    2010-2011:   Research collaboration University of Otago, Wellington School of Medicine and University of Auckland. “Understanding Diabetes Management: Tracking Communication in Primary Care”

    2006-2007:  Training of School Nurses and Public Health Nurses to assess acceptability and utilisation of the TADS Youth PACT© (NZ Ministry of Health Public Health Directorate and NZ Ministry of Education)

    2004-2006:  TADS/Bay of Plenty District Health Board pilot programme: Assessment and Evaluation of the TADS training programme for General Practitioners and Practice Nurses in Primary Health Organisations.

    2003:   Postgraduate Diploma Health Science. Barbara Docherty. University of Auckland

    2001-2007:  Development and validation of TADS PACT© Youth Version (Docherty B)

    2000- 2006: Development and validation of TADS PACT© Adult version (Docherty B)