NIHI develops chatbot to answer patient queries

12 October 2018

Researchers at the National Institute for Health Innovation are developing a chatbot to answer patients questions after surgery.

The two-year Engagebot project is funded by a Health Research Council Explorer Grant, which support transformative research ideas.

NIHI ehealth and mhealth co-lead Gayl Humphrey says the aim is to determine if creating a chatbot in this area is possible, useful and acceptable to patients.

NIHI at Health Informatics New Zealand

4 December 2018

NIHI’s work was showcased at the recent Health Informatics New Zealand (HINZ) conference in Wellington. NIHI’s booth in the exhibition hall displayed a range of our mHealth and health informatics projects being carried out. There was a lot of interest by conference delegates with existing collaborations strengthened and new contacts and relationships formed.


Hāraurau ngā purapura hou kia puāwai - Watch our new seeds blossom

13 May 2019 | UPDATE

This study has now closed recruitment. You can still visit our webpage to find out more but no further downloads of the app will be possible. Thank you to all of those who are participating.


2 April 2019

"Wanting the best for our children is what I, and all parents and whānau, want," says Gayl Humphrey, the lead investigator in our See How They Grow study.

NIHI successful in latest HRC funding round

NIHI researchers have been successful in the latest Health Research Council funding rounds being awarded funding for a programme and two project grants.

Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu has been awarded a programme grant to test the health impact of supermarket strategies and Health Star Rating labels. The research team will look at strategies to support healthier diets across four different domains; at an individual level, government level, food industry level and public health level.

Recruitment for free healthy lifestyle programme opens

Are you a fan of rugby? Want to get fit? You may be eligible to take part in a free healthy lifestyle programme being run through the Blues and the Highlanders.

We are looking for male rugby fans who are interested in improving their health and fitness to take part in RUFIT-NZ, a 12-week healthy lifestyle programme delivered through professional rugby clubs. In order to participate, you will need to be 30-65 years old and be overweight.

NIHI at ISRII 2019

21 February 2019

NIHI’s work was showcased at the recent ISRII (International Society for Research on Internet Interventions) 10th Scientific Meeting. The international conference brought together experts from around the world in digital health research, including researchers, developers, clinicians, policy and practice leaders, engineers and computer scientists from across the public and private sectors. Presentations included:

RuFIT Continues

4 June 2019

Rewarding. Challenging. Fun. That's how our recent participants have described the RuFIT Programme.

After several rounds of our RuFIT programme, we're excited to be looping back to begin another 12-weeks with The Blues.

Red meat eaters have higher risk of developing bowel cancer, study finds

18 April 2019

Each bottle of beer you drink and steak you eat could be increasing your risk of bowel cancer, new research has found. 

Dr Kathryn Bradbury, from NIHI and University of Auckland, found people who consumed red meat even within recommended daily guidelines had a 20 per cent higher chance of developing bowel cancer than those who ate one-third as much. 

AUDIO New study aims to find out if food labels affect our choices

NIHI's Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu speaks to Mike Hosking about her recent grant from the Health Research Council of New Zealand, which will try to find the answer to whether labels on packaged foods affect our choices.

DIET Symposium held in Wellington

10 September 2018

Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu and the HRC-funded DIET programme team held a symposium in Wellington on the 4th September 2018, ‘Tackling Diet-related Disease in NZ’, to share results of the 5-year research programme with key stakeholders. The symposium was opened by Hon Dr David Clarke, Minister of Health, and finished with a panel discussion chaired by Kim Hill.

Hack Aotearoa 2019 - Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

24 January 2019

Our team were recently involved in Hack Aotearoa 2019 - Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare, a conference where health professionals, data scientists and innovators from across Aotearoa, were immersed in workshops and discussion on the concepts of Artificial Intelligence, including machine learning, natural language processing and image recognition.

SPARX Goes Global

29 April 2019

On an April morning in Iqaluit, Ayesha Eyegetok sits down to test-drive a new video game. The scenery of snow and rock resembles the Nunavut landscape. A stone centrepiece fountain is decorated with arctic animals, including a narwhal. The characters are Inuit men and women, standing in traditional, fur-lined parkas, waiting for the player to begin a quest that teaches lessons in mindfulness and coping strategies.

Grant awarded to test impact of supermarket strategies and Health Star Rating labels

A study testing the impact of New Zealand's health star ratings on packaged foods has been awarded a programme grant from the Health Research Council. The University of Auckland research, led by NIHI's Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu, was one of five research projects from around the country to receive a portion of the Health Research Council's $25 million grant for long-term programmes.

Professor Ni Mhurchu's team has been collecting information on composition, labelling and ingredients of packaged foods in New Zealand for the past five years.