Do you suffer from non ACC related Back pain?

TBI Health understands that living with Persistent lower back pain can prevent you from doing the things you love. We are running a rehabilitation service called Spinecare Mobility Action Programme for people that low back pain related to degenerative changes.

Our programme will give you the tools to help you manage your condition. And you’ll be educated on how you can stay active and get on with doing the activities you love.

What does the HVDHB Spine Programme consist of?

The HVDHB Spine Programme is a TBI Health initiative currently available to people living in the Hutt Valley (Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt) who are developing spine pain due to degenerative or gradual processes (i.e. not due to an acute injury).

Patients receive an initial assessment with one of our Physiotherapists and work through a series of educational modules and exercise sessions to help you understand your condition.

The programme is provided by a team of health professionals which can include:

  • Physiotherapists
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Psychologists
  • Clinical Pharmacists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Dietitians

How long does the programme take to complete?

The programme typically runs over a eight week period and includes a physio assessment and typically twice weekly exercise sessions. On completion, you will be helped to integrate into support services that are currently available within the community.

Who can access the programme and how much does it cost?

This programme is available for patients living in the Hutt Valley (Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt).

The programme is fully funded by Hutt Valley DHB if you have a Community Services Card, Gold Card or are in need of financial assistance to access the programme.

If you don’t qualify for funding, the cost is $35 for the assessment and $140 for the full 8 week programme.

Education Sessions

Group education sessions include sessions on:

  • Lifestyle management
  • Diet
  • Managing activity through pain
  • The psychology of Pain

How can I get onto this programme?

Please discuss our HVDHB Spine programme with your Doctor or Health Professional. You can also access the programme directly through contacting Sarah Tulloch on or call 04 570 2639 and enquire about our DHB programme.

Tips on keeping active with persistent back pain

For some tips on staying active while living with persistent back pain, see our latest blog post.

I am a health professional – how do I get more information or make a referral?

If you are a health professional and would like to discuss our Spine Programme initiative in more detail, please contact the TBI Health Clinic Manager in your region.

Alternatively, please contact Kate McSharry on or call 04 570 2639  and enquire about our “OA programme”.