WeHELP Study

Project Details

Western e-HEaLth patient information portal for Pregnancy

We-HELP aims to develop and disseminate health-service specific, patient-centered information about pregnancy and postpartum care using a digital platform at Western Health. This project takes advantage of networks and connectivity offered by mobile devices to improve outcomes for mothers and their babies.

The ultimate aim of this project is to promote safe and successful pregnancies by improving knowledge about pregnancy and facilitating health-seeking behaviour when problems arise. Particularly vulnerable patient groups who could most benefit, include those from non-English speaking backgrounds.


Principal Investigator

Professor David Story

Associate Investigators

Dr Oliver Daly
Professor John Hajek
Associate Professor Robyn Woodward-Kron
Dr Jo-Anne Hughson
Dr Wally Smith
Dr Greg Wadley
Ms Anna Parker


Western Health


Macedon Ranges North Western Melbourne Medicare Local Grant, 2015:  Story D, Daly O, Liberatore R, Abbey C, Blake K, Hajek J, Smith W, Ploderer B, Parker A,  Kerr C. We HELP: Western e-HEaLth patient information portal for Pregnancy.

Research Outcomes

Views of health professionals regarding health literacy issues for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) women in maternity care: barriers, enablers and the need for an integrated approach, Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia (FECCA) Conference, Darwin, October 2017.

Enabling Health Literacy of CALD Maternal Care Patients with Technology: A Whole of Hospital Approach. Teaching about Health Literacy in Health Professional Education and Training, Symposium, University of Melbourne, September 2016.

Research Publications

Smith W, Wadley G, Daly JO, Webb M, Hughson J, Hajek J, Parker A, Woodward-Kron R, Story DA. Designing an App for Pregnancy Care for a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Community. OzCHI 2017, Brisbane, Australia, 28 Nov 2017 - 01 Dec 2017. The Association for Computing Machinery. 337-346 (10 pages). 2017.

Hughson J-A, Marshall F, Daly JO, Woodward-Kron R, Hajek J, Story D. Health professionals' views on health literacy issues for culturally and linguistically diverse women in maternity care: barriers, enablers and the need for an integrated approach. Australian Health Review 2017.

Research Group

Anaesthesia, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

School Research Themes

Critical Care

Key Contact

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Department / Centre

Critical Care

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