Reach Health Promotion Innovations

Mobile technology for health behaviour change


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.

Digital Health CRC

digital health crc
April has seen big news in the digital health domain, with the announcement of funding for a Digital Health Collaborative Research Centre. The CRC will aim to bring together industry and research partners across Australia who work in health and wellness to coordinate approaches to advancing health technology. Find out more.

Research impact summit

The Research Impact Summit, hosted by Tamika Holden of Knowledge Translation Australia is a free, three day online summit happening this November with a focus on knowledge translation, research impact and implementation science. The line up of speakers promises thought provoking content from a diverse range of industry and research leaders. REACH HPIs Becky White will be speaking about the considerations needed when thinking about using mobile technology and apps as part of your knowledge translation strategy. "Researchers and practitioners are being required to demonstrate their research impact in a number of ways," Becky said. "I’m looking forward to sharing what we've learned, and hearing advice from some of the excellent speakers over the course of the summit." Free tickets are available now.


Apple today announced a new framework called ResearchKit. Built in collaboration with more than a dozen leading medical institutions and foundations including Stanford Medicine, Oxford University, Massachusetts Hospital and the American Heart Foundation, the stated goal of ResearchKit is to make it easy for health and medical researchers to gather data on a scale never before possible, whilst upholding established best practice in ethics and informed consent. Critically, Apple has announced that this framework will be open source, meaning that it can potentially be applied well beyond the Apple platform and device ecosystem. Read More...

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.

PIFI scholarship

Becky White has been awarded the 2014 Parent Infant Feeding Initiative (PIFI) Scholarship, funded by Healthway and Curtin University’s School of Public Health. Becky will shortly begin a PhD project investigating the impact of partner attitudes on breastfeeding. As part of her project, Becky will be investigating how mobile technology can be used to impact on a health promotion initiative.  Read More...

Scholarship award

Study materials
REACH HPI’s James White was recently awarded the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) and Curtin Research Scholarship (CRS). These will enable James to progress his doctoral project, An electronic, virtual community intervention to increase fish consumption.