With Techweek NZ kicking off this weekend, we’re continuing our celebration of all things techy. In this blog, we explore some Kiwi-made apps that could help improve your day to day health and wellbeing.
Well Revolution is a free New Zealand-based app that helps doctors and patients connect with each other in a safe and secure virtual consultation. Through the app, you can message or call your doctor (they are registered on the app) or one of the Well Revolution doctors who can be contacted 24/7.
Much like other messaging services (such as WhatsApp), Well Revolution is asynchronous (i.e. not in real time), meaning that both patient and doctor reply when they are able to – which makes it a useful tool for non-urgent medical issues. Video and audio call functionality provides the option for real-time consultation if required, however.
Doctors can also send paperless prescriptions in the app and you can choose to pick up prescriptions from your nearest pharmacy or get them delivered to your home. The app itself is free but you will be charged through the app for the consult and other services such as reordering prescriptions – visit https://wellrevolution.co.nz/ for more information.
Co-founded by Sir John Kirwan, Mentemia is a free app that has been designed to help coach mental wellbeing. It comes pre-loaded with ideas and tools to help you learn how to be well – and stay well. It helps you deal with the most common stressors we experience in the modern connected world; poor sleep, anxiety and stress. These stressors, if left unattended, can significantly impact your quality of life at home and work.
The aim of the app is to help you feel more energised, more productive, and better equipped for whatever the world throws at you. Visit https://www.mentemia.com/nz/home for more information and to download the app.
Originally launched by The University of Auckland’s National Institute for Health Innovation back in 2013, FoodSwitch is a free app that has been developed to help you find out what’s in the food you’re eating, so you can make simple switches to healthier options.
FoodSwitch allows you to search and compare nutritional information on food products. By scanning the barcode of a food label, you get easy-to-interpret nutritional information presented using colour-coded, traffic light labels of red, amber and green. You get immediate suggestions for healthier alternative foods or products, and you can even filter for salt-reduced or gluten-free products.
Read more about the FoodSwitch App here: https://www.georgeinstitute.org/projects/foodswitch
Developed by researchers from the University of Auckland and AUT University, Mate Wareware is an app aimed at helping Māori affected by mate wareware (dementia) and to raise awareness of the disease. Topics covered in the app include what mate wareware is and what Māori understandings of it is, the types and causes of it, how to look after whānau who are affected by it and how to identify if someone might be suffering from it.
The Mate Wareware app is the result of a Health Research Council-funded project which found that dementia is poorly understood within Māori communities and whānau have difficulty accessing information that might help.
Launched in March 2021, that app is free and can either be downloaded to a phone or tablet, or used on your computer like a regular website – head to matewareware.co.nz to download or explore the app.