Pacific student with phoneOur aim is to develop and evaluate a culturally tailored, personalised mobile-phone delivered (mHealth) healthy lifestyle support programme for Māori and Pasifika in New Zealand.

The research will take a partnership approach whereby Māori and Pacific leaders and communities co-design the mHealth programme with the research team.

Programme effectiveness will be evaluated using a Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomised Trial (SMART) design, a study design developed explicitly to build and evaluate interventions that adapt to the specific needs and evolving status of individuals.

If effective, the programme has potential to be scaled up and rolled out nationally via primary care providers and the community. Furthermore, mHealth smartphone applications (apps) and tools enable continuous, passive collection of ‘Big Health Data’ that could support population health monitoring and create future research opportunities.

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Supporting healthy lifestyles: A Māori and Pasifika mHealth approach

WellText research team

From left: Leonie Matoe (Toi Tangata), Helen Eyles, Tevita Funaki (Fono), Ridvan Firestone , Andrew Jull, Cliona Ni Mhurchu and Lisa Te Morenga.


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