Colourful feathers

Digital health

The future of healthcare lies in the digital solutions we are developing now—and the ones we are yet to discover.

Harnessing technology for better health outcomes

We now face healthcare needs and expectations at a scale our current system is unable to respond to. Digital health offers transformational opportunities to reach more people in their own space, and to use data and digital technologies to make healthcare more personalised and effective.

The Wellington Faculty of Health—Te Wāhanga Tātai Hauora has a strong, interdisciplinary focus on digital health. Our research interests span big data, machine learning, gaming and behaviour change, mental health, health promotion, software, equity, and more.

Professor Markus Melloh

At a global level we are rethinking what health is and how it can be achieved and sustained. AI will be a driver for equity and sustainability in New Zealand and globally in the coming decades.

Professor Markus Melloh

Dean of the Faculty of Health

Digital health collaborators

Researchers from a range of disciplines at the University are working in this area.

Digital health co-directors

  • Dr Terry Fleming, Associate Professor in Health
  • Dr Clive Aspin, Poukairangi Māori | Associate Dean, Māori and Senior Lecturer in School of Health Equity and implementation, Māori health leadership

Digital health working group

  • Dr Simon McCallum, Senior Lecturer in Software Engineering, School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • CSE, game development, behaviour change apps including COVID Tracker app
  • Helen Andreae, Lecturer in Interaction Design, School of Design Innovation
  • Design and Psychology, persuasive design, behaviour change, and smart products.
  • Dr Craig Anslow, Lecturer in Software Engineering, School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • HCI research group, design, build and evaluate
  • Dr Brian Robinson, Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing, Midiwfery, and Health Practice
  • Professor Markus Melloh, Dean Wellington Faculty of Health
  • Professor Melloh is an orthopaedic surgeon and PHD scientist. His interests in digital health include decision making, machine learning, health software, and digital health leadership.

Work with us

We welcome collaborations with others who are working in this area, from both within the University and outside.

Email Associate Professor Terry Fleming or research fellow Dan Archer to get more information or discuss opportunities for projects or initiatives.

For further background on digital healthcare in New Zealand, see the New Zealand Government's Digital health website or the Health Informatics New Zealand website.

Whakataukī—Māori proverb

Hutia te rito o te harakeke—kei hea te kōmako e kō? Kī mai ki ahau, he aha te mea nui o te ao? Māku e kī atu, he tangata, he tangata, he tangata.

Pluck the heart from the flax bush—where will the bellbird be? Ask me, what is the most important thing in the world? I will reply, it is people, it is people, it is people.

We include this whakataukī and images of taonga to highlight the fact that digital technologies can serve to bring people together, strengthen our experiences of what is important, and enhance our wellbeing.

Banner image at top of page: Photograph by Dr Clive Aspin of a korowai (traditional cloak) held in the J. C. Beaglehole Room, Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington Library (artist not recorded).