Bridging the triple divide: performance and innovative multimedia in the service of behavioural health change in remote Indigenous settings

Australas Psychiatry. 2007:15 Suppl 1:S44-8. doi: 10.1080/10398560701701197.


Objectives: The use of innovative information technology is now well established in health. However, while the gap in health status between Indigenous and other Australians is both significant and unchanging, there is limited application of these new approaches to addressing this national health priority. This may in part reflect the 'digital divide', which is another facet of Indigenous disadvantage. This paper describes an approach to address both issues in remote Indigenous settings.

Results: The Health Interactive Technology Network began as a proof-of-concept study of touchscreen technology in two Indigenous health settings. It has subsequently expanded to a number of remote Indigenous communities and developed new platforms and applications to respond to emerging health issues. In creating narrative, interactive approaches to address choices in relation to health behaviours, the community development and engagement effects of the creative process have been highlighted. These findings suggest that these approaches will be suited to further expansion in the area of mental health.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Child
  • Health Behavior*
  • Health Education*
  • Health Status Disparities
  • Humans
  • Multimedia*
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander*
  • Rural Health Services / trends*
  • Rural Population
  • User-Computer Interface