What is Green Prescription?

Green Prescription is a programme that provides support to adults with the aim to increase physical activity and achieve positive health outcomes


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What is Green Prescription?

A Green Prescription is a health professional's written advice to a patient to be physically active, as part of the patient's health management. Green Prescription provides support and motivation to increase your physical activity levels. Sport Taranaki’s Green Prescription team supports being active as an opportunity to enhance physical, mental and social wellbeing. This free service provides the guidance to get started - and get active, whether you are new or returning to physical activity.

Referral Criteria

To be eligible for a Green Prescription, your client must be:

  • 18 years or over
  • Inactive (engaged in less than 30 minutes of moderate activity five or more days of the week)
  • Motivated to increase their level of activity
  • Medically stable
  • Able to engage in low to moderate physical activity
  • Have discussed and consented to receive support and share their information with Sport Taranaki, Taranaki District Health Board and the Ministry of Health.


Who can refer



Referral process

Referrals can be made by e-referral, fax or written:

Medical Centre with Medtech

  • Please use e-referral process

Medical Centre without Medtech

  • Please send referral through to Green Prescription email address greenprescription@sporttaranaki.org.nz

Other Health Professionals

  • Use online referral form
  • If unable to access this please use GRx prescription pads (contact Sport Taranaki 067590930 ext 714 if you require these)


What happens with your referral?

  1. When your referral is received at Sport Taranaki it will be allocated to a Sport Taranaki Green Prescription Advisor.
  2. Introductory information will be sent out to the client  via text, email or letter. Our aim is to make contact with your patient within 10 days of referral.
  3. Consultation and support will be offered with phone calls, emails, text or face to face meetings over the next 3-4 month period.
  4. Renewals of prescriptions for ongoing support are available.
  5. A discharge summary letter will be sent to the initial referrer at time of discharge.


Support provided by Sport Taranaki’s Green Prescription Team

  • Individual consultation via phone or face to face
  • Activity programme plans suited to the client's needs
  • Ongoing support calls over a 3 – 4 month period to keep motivation levels high
  • Links and discounts with local activity providers
  • Māori cultural support is available if required. If this is of interest to clients, please discuss with your advisor in the first instance.
  • Client's progress is reported back to the referring health professional at time of discharge.

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