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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.