The results of the OL@-OR@ trial were presented for the first time at the IUHPE conference in Rotorua on Tuesday 9th April 2019 by Cliona Ni Mhurchu. To see her full presentation, click here.

Characteristics of our participants taken from their baseline survey:

Participant’s adherence to the health-related guidelines based on the 12 week surveys:

Participants engagement with the OL@-OR@ app:

The feedback from the participants was positive:

The main take home messages from this study

  • Co-design is best practice for working with Māori and Pasifika communities and led to successful app design, high community engagement in research, and successful trial recruitment and follow-up
  • In both intervention and control groups, there were improvements over time in adherence to health-related behaviours. However, there were no significant differences between the intervention and control groups
  • Community coordinator engagement with their communities most likely explains improvements in the control group even though they didn’t receive the intervention.
  • Participants who engaged with OL@-OR@ and set behaviour change goals showed significant improvements compared with the control group. Findings suggest apps are not for everyone but may support behaviour change in those people who engage with them


To see the infographics highlighting some of the results from the trial click here for the Pasifika version and here for the Māori version.