College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University are pleased to present the inaugural HDR Student conference. This is an annual event to provide HDR students an opportunity to present their research work, network with students and academic staff, meet their milestone expectations of oral presentations, and participate in professional development activities.
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Background: Modern families are facing conflicting demands on their time and resources, which may be at the detriment of child and family diet quality. Mobile apps have the potential to deliver innovative nutrition interventions by providing practical, behavioural support remotely, interactively and in context. This review aimed to identify and assess popular, commercially available mobile apps that offer support for the provision of healthy family food by 1) describing app scope and characteristics, 2) assessing app quality and 3) conducting a behavioural analysis of app content and features. Methods: Searches of commercial app stores between August-November 2017 identified apps addressing the food provision process. Apps were included if they were applicable to parents or families, written in English with a user rating of 4 stars. App quality was assessed using the Mobile App Rating Scale, app content and features were extracted and Behaviour Change Techniques (BCTs) identified. Results: Of 2881 apps screened, 51 (1.8%) were included for assessment, comprising 23 recipe/recipe manager apps, 12 meal planning apps, 10 shopping list apps, four family organizers and two food choice apps. Food choice and family organizer apps scored highest for app quality (mean+SD 3.5+0.6 out of 5), while most apps scored poorly for engagement. App features supporting healthy food provision included meal planners (n=26), shopping lists (n=44) and sharing app content (n=48). Behavioural support features mapped to relatively few BCTs (3.9+1.9 per app). Conclusions: Recipe/recipe manager apps, meal planning apps and family organizers with integrated meal planning and shopping lists, scored well for functionality and incorporated behavioural support features that could be used to address barriers to healthy food provision, although features were focused on planning behaviours. Recommendations: Future apps should prioritize features and content that improve app engagement quality.