Reach Health Promotion Innovations

Mobile technology for health behaviour change


In November 2014 the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet approached Reach HPI to consult on a mobile app. The goal was to take their extensive database of Australian providers of culturally appropriate AOD (alcohol and other drug) services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and make it highly accessible for mobile users. The brief was to create a fast, responsive and easy to use app, which made it simple to hone in on services that were relevant to the user’s location and specific needs. Many community health professionals operate in remote places with patchy data connections, so the app needed to work well in these conditions, or even with no connection at all. The result, released today, is AODconnect. This app currently indexes around 250 service providers, and allows users to filter services by location, focus, or types of services offered.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet Director, Professor Neil Drew, believes that 'These portals will ensure that health professionals and the community who require a wide range of up to date and culturally appropriate materials can promptly access what they need. Using the app to find AOD treatment services through a handheld device or tablet out in the field will also save time. Importantly, once the app is downloaded, it will continue to work even when Internet connection is unreliable or non-existent.'