Is Design thinking too abstract for health promotion?

In the words of the Stanford Design Program, I would like to encourage and support health promotion professionals  "to develop new trans-disciplinary methodologies that juxtapose Design Thinking, the behavioral sciences, social economics, technology strategy, business strategy and systems analysis" in order to make health promotion a holistic process of human engagement. In a summary of key quotes from grea ...

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mHealth programs in developing nations

Ghana: Mobile phones bring health to the poor The Ghana project targets women who do not typically seek help from local health facilities during pregnancy or when giving birth. The expectant mothers receive weekly automated voice or SMS messages on how to promote healthy foetal development and other vital information about pregnancy and birth. “All they need to receive these messages is an inexpensive mobil ...

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Where research, rigour and context reside – ‘Patients Like Me’

This enterprise is 'for profit' but not 'just for profit'. I saw Jamie Heywood (Co Founder) speak at Medicine 2.0 Boston last year and was truly inspired by his vision of the future of participatory research. What matters in today's world is not how randomised and blinded the control trials were but how can research collect vast amounts of data from real people in their natural context with everyday challen ...

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Global health promotion scaling up or stagnant?

Challenges and changing context in the 21st century Cited from " Global Health Promotion scaling up for 2015 - A brief review  of major impacts and developments over the past 20 years and challenges for 2015" 1. Changing health burden  and complex determinants of health Developing and developed countries facing a growing population of elderly, and a population with more chronic conditions and non communicab ...

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Use of information technology by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

The following data has been drawn from the Australian Bureau of Statistics website on the 5th of Febuary 2013. The data was collected in 2001 during the Census. There has been no update yet or I have not been able to locate it. If you have current information please share it in the comment section below. We definitely lack the quantitative figures that  organization like the Pew Internet Research Centre are ...

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Hot Triggers and Feedback Loops in mHealth

  Alain Labrique, Ph.D., the founding director of the Johns Hopkins University Global mHealth Initiative, and his team recently conducted a survey of the mHealth studies that were registered in the government’s clinicaltrials.gov database as of November 2012. Labrique writes: ”We identified 215 unique mHealth studies that were registered in the clinicaltrials.gov database, of which 8.4 percent (n=18) were o ...

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Gamification in remote aboriginal health

The potential for gamification to be a game changer in remote aboriginal health is waiting to be explored and analysed. In the last 3 months I have learnt that aboriginal youth are similar to their non aboriginal peers, equally fascinated and interested in playing video games. Its a known fact here where I live that if the kids are not outside playing they could possibly be watching a movie or playing games ...

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Mobile & wireless technology for health in a remote community

  A remote community in Australia very often refers to the traditional homelands of Indigenous Australians. The lands of the Yolngu have been their home for more than 40,000 years. The Yolngu know every river, creek, tree and stone on their land and are connected to them both intellectually, spiritually and materially. An example of a remote community where I live, Birritjimi, is a small area made up of a s ...

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Health Promotion, Mobile Technology and Research in 2013

To blog and share my work with people from all over the world whilst living in a tiny Aboriginal community called Birritjimi in  East Arnhem Land is a dream come true. This is where the true value of technology and design based research and health promotion is put to the test. When both these fields of expertise overlap, we can bridge the health and cross cultural communication gap between Indigenous Austra ...

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