Reach Health Promotion Innovations

Mobile technology for health behaviour change


2019's big announcements

The last couple of months have seen some big announcements in digital health, with exciting movements on the international stage. In January, the Lancet, a leading peer-reviewed journal, announced its new Lancet Digital Health journal, committing to publish and promote high-quality research into digital technologies. In February global leaders gathered in Delhi to sign the Joint Declaration on Digital Health for Sustainable Development and in March The World Health Organization announced its new Department of Digital Health.

Mobile Health Research

Research is a at the core of everything we do at REACH HPI. Both directors have completed PhD research into the use of mobile apps for health behaviour change and are committed to embedding best practice into all the work we do. As the use of mobile health apps continue to grow, the evidence needs to grow with it. Take a look at Becky White's most recent publication, providing analysis of an app-based forum.

Milk Man evaluation paper

We talk a lot about the importance of robust evaluation – and the tendency for this to be sometimes lacking in mobile health. We’d like to think that we walk the talk, by embedding evaluation plans into early stage planning on each of our projects. The Milk Man trial currently underway takes this to a whole new level – the Parent Infant Feeding Initiative, in which the app is being evaluated, involves more than 1200 West Australian couples and, when complete, will be largest male partner focused randomised controlled trial ever to be conducted in the field of breastfeeding research. REACH HPI's Becky White led on a paper recently accepted for publication in the Health Promotion Journal of Australia, in which the evaluation plan for this app is described.

Feed Safe: Partnerships work

The Feed Safe project, a collaboration between REACH HPI, the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA), and Curtin University, stands as an excellent example of the value of effective partnership working in public health initiatives. The project team comprised specialists in health promotion, mobile development, knowledge translation and marketing. It also had the backing and support of Australia’s most trusted name in breastfeeding information, the ABA, a factor that was critical in its positive reception. Feed Safe is now available for iOS and Android, has been downloaded more than 85,000 times in Australia alone, and has been used more than 750,000 times. Read More...

Five questions to ask developers

As the healthcare industry becomes increasingly aware of the opportunities and benefits of information technology, more and more service providers are being faced with the difficult task of commissioning development work and making sense of different approaches and estimates. REACH HPI's James White was recently asked to contribute an editorial piece to a forthcoming special addition of the Australasian Medical Journal, focussing on innovation and new technology. His paper provides practical advice for health service providers commissioning mobile software, with particular emphasis on the essential characteristics of mobile applications and different approaches to development. Read More...

Innovation in primary care

REACH HPI's James White attended the 2012 Health Informatics Conference in Sydney, during which he presented as part of a panel on the subject of innovation in primary care. The session included a group discussion between clinicians, regulatory agents, innovators, and academics from each Australian state. The themes from this session were collated and discussed in a paper entitled "Harnessing information technology to innovate in primary care", which was recently accepted for publication in the British journal Quality in Primary Care. Read More...