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An mHealth approach: Reducing cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk among Pacific people living in NZ

42 months
Approved budget:
Mrs Amio Matenga Ikihele
Health issue:
Proposal type:
Pacific Health PhD Scholarship
Lay summary
Pacific people experience a disproportionately high burden of CVD in New Zealand. Despite a steady decline since the 1980’s, CVD remains the principle cause of death among Pacific populations. The overarching aim of this project is to adapt a text message programme to support Pacific people living in New Zealand to make healthy behaviour changes to decrease their risk of developing CVD and the associated comorbidities. Mobile health (mHealth), is the use of mobile devices, including mobile phones, to deliver health services and information. Due to the universal adoption of mobile phones and adaptability of mHealth, it has potential to reach population groups whose needs are not being met by traditional health services.