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The following studies are currently recruiting participants:



SALTS is part of the DIET programme. The aim of SALTS (Salt ALTernatives Study) is to understand the effect a 12-week dietary salt reduction programme will have on systolic blood pressure for people with high blood pressure. Participants will be randomly allocated to two groups receiving either the dietary salt reduction programme (SaltSwitch smartphone app + dietary alternative salt) or general information about heart-healthy eating. Click here for more information about how to sign up for SALTS.



Are you a fan of professional 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.

Find out more and register here.



Games for Health

This is a feasibility study investigating whether serious games can improve children's knowledge of healthy lifestyles and type 2 diabetes.

Find out more and register your interest here.

Other services

You can also sign up to some of our other work.



SPARX is therapy in the format of a game designed to help teens with mild to moderate depression and is also effective with anxiety.  The target age group is 12-19 however other youth can use it too. SPARX uses CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) to help youth change how they think about things and how they behave which leads to improvements in how they feel. Designed and clinically tested by the Department of Psychological Medicine at the University of Auckland, SPARX is fully funded by the Ministry of Health so it is free for anyone to use in NZ. Find out more here.


TextMATCH is a free text message programme being run in WDHB and ADHB, specific to the nutritional and physical activity needs of New Zealand women and families. It has been developed at the National Institute for Health Innovation for the Māori, Pacific, Asian and South Asian communities during pregnancy through to 2 years of age.

TextMATCH involves up to three messages a week and is available in different versions depending on culture, language or whether they are the mother or another family member. A person can be referred at any time to the programme and where they start in the programme is dependent on their due date or their child’s date of birth. There are 16 versions of TextMATCH developed incorporating different cultures, languages and also the person’s relationship to the baby. To date over 4000 women and other family members have signed up for TextMATCH.

You can sign up for the service here, or for more information please contact Jacqui Grey