Reach Health Promotion Innovations

Mobile technology for health behaviour change

Health promotion


REACH HPI will be working with Catholic Education WA (CEWA) and the Telethon Kids Institute to develop a new HealthKit-based Apple Watch app. The app, called Resilience, will be used as part of an initiative to investigate the strategies employed by school principals in coping with the demands of their high-pressure position. Specifically the app will record detailed health metrics over the course of a 22 week trial, while asking regular in-the-moment questions to explore stress levels, emotional wellbeing, lifestyle factors and coping strategies. Read More...


REACH HPI is working in collaboration with the Curtin University Physical Activity and Well-being Lab (PAW) to develop a new mobile app to encourage physical activity. This app, funded by the Cancer Council of Western Australia will be piloted as part of the START trial, which aims to investigate the effects of a peer-led walking program on physical activity, health, well-being, and work outcomes in physically inactive employees. "The START project fits squarely with our view of the way mobile technology can augment public health initiatives," REACH HPI's James White said. "Well-designed mobile apps, built to supplement socially-connected health interventions with a strong focus on peer support, and to provide a wealth of rich data to help researchers to understand their impact. That's what we do."

AHPA conference

REACH HPI's Becky White and James White will be presenting a workshop at the 2016 Australian Health Promotion Association Conference, on 19 June, in Perth. The workshop, titled Mobile Technology in Health Promotion, will present a broad overview of the app development process, from idea
to finished product, and beyond.

AODConnect now available for Android

AODconnect is a mobile app providing a directory of Australian providers of culturally appropriate AOD (alcohol and other drug) services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Built by REACH HPI for the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, the app was made available for iOS devices in May 2015, and now indexes over 250 Australian service providers. In the latter part of 2015 REACH HPI was engaged with building a native Android version of AODconnect, and this version is now available for download from Google Play.

Another breastfeeding app...for men

Reach HPI has been selected to develop a new mobile application for the Parent Infant Feeding Initiative, a Healthway funded research project based at Curtin University. The app, which will be developed for both iOS and Android devices, will aim to educate new fathers about the importance of breastfeeding, and the valuable role they play in supporting their breastfeeding partners. It will be evaluated over the course of 18 months, in one of the largest studies of its kind ever conducted.


Reach HPI is happy to announce a partnership with Edith Cowan University and the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet project to develop a new mobile application for providers of AOD (alcohol and other drug) services for Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people. The app is scheduled for release in early 2015 and will provide an access point for a range of services across the country. “The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet has been a valuable tool for organisations providing services in this important area,” said James White, who will be developing the app. “We’re very proud to have been chosen to collaborate on this next stage of the project, where we will be making this wealth of information readily accessible via mobile.”