New digital health trial for Uniting Wimmera participants

MonitorMe Digital Health Trial

MonitorMe is a digital health program which can help you keep track of your mood and daily lifestyle. The program uses the information you provide about yourself to provide guidance and timely information when you experience signs of stress, anxiety or low mood.

Uniting is inviting their clients who are 18 years of age and over to sign up for a trial using MonitorMe. The trial is being run with Federation University and will help us understand whether a digital health program could improve wellbeing and reduce stress levels.

If you sign up for the trial, you can keep a daily survey which takes about 1 – 2 minutes, recording your daily mood levels alongside your daily habits and activities. You can even connect a fitbit device to MonitorMe program. If you do this, the system will automatically record your number of steps, sleep and heart rate. The program will prompt you to complete questionnaires which will help track your progress.

Where your responses show that you are struggling with anxiety or other symptoms, the program will encourage you to reach out to your Uniting Wimmera case worker or GP.

You can also choose from a range of online modules to learn strategies to better manage your mental and physical wellbeing. The modules take about 15 minutes and include audio, video and quiz formats. Examples of modules include:

  • Mindfulness
  • Positive self statements
  • Controlling anger
  • Problem solving
  • Compassion mediation
  • Brain training
  • Acts of kindness
  • Assertiveness
  • Goal setting

Sign up now as access to the trial closes on 28 February 2019.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is MonitorMe?
MonitorMe is a digital health program which can help you keep track of your mood and daily lifestyle. It is a trial program which is designed to help you identify day-to-day choices or activities which may be affecting your mental health and wellbeing. The program uses the information you provide about yourself and then offers guidance and feedback when your scores indicate increasing stress, anxiety or low mood.
The online program also includes information and resources which can help you learn more about yourself and how to manage your emotions.

What does it mean to be involved in the trial?
Registrations for the trial are open now and close on Thursday, 28 February 2019. Once you register for the trial, you can start the program straight away. Apart from the online questionnaires, Federation University researchers may also invite you to provide them with some direct feedback about how you found using the program. This feedback and the data collected from MonitorMe questionnaires will then be used to make improvements to the program. Your personal information such as your name and individual results will not be shared or published.

Are there any risks from participating?
No health risks are expected from participating in this project, however, you may feel uneasy when answering questions about past experiences, your beliefs and attitudes. If you feel concerned or distressed in any way from completing any of the questionnaires or using the MonitorMe program, please call the Uniting Wimmera Intake team (03 5362 4000), your GP or Life Line (available 24 hours a day: 131 114).

Can I withdraw from the trial?
The trial is completely voluntary and you can withdraw from the program at any time.

Who can participate in the trial?
This trial is open to individuals over the age of 18 year who are currently participating in a program or services with Uniting Wimmera or anyone who has a Uniting Wimmera case worker. You’ll also need access to an internet connection and a device such as a computer, smart phone or tablet to use the program.

What will I get out of it?
Participating in the MonitorMe trial may help you:
• Learn about yourself and how to manage symptoms of anxiety, stress and low mood
• Understand how factors such as diet, sleep, exercise, medication, alcohol, caffeine or social activities affect your health and wellbeing
• Learn practical strategies and things you can do the better manage your mental health
• Decrease symptoms of stress and improve your wellbeing.

Where does my personal information go?
All information is strictly confidential and stored securely using Federation University’s My Digital Health Platform.
If you sign up for the trial, you will be asked whether you consent to your data being used for the purposes of evaluating the MonitorMe program.
If you say ‘Yes’, your data will be analysed by the Fed Uni research team. When analysing data for the purpose of the trial, any identifying information is completely removed and cannot be linked back to you.
If you say ‘No’ you will still be able to access the MonitorMe program, but your information will be excluded from any analysis.

When does the program start and finish?
You can start using MonitorMe as soon as you sign up. The trial for Uniting Wimmera participants closes on Wednesday 28 February 2019, so if you want to use the program you need to sign up before then. The program trial runs for 8 weeks, however you are welcome to continue using MonitorMe for another 7 weeks if you are finding it useful.

How do I sign up?
If you are interested in participating in the trial, visit and click sign up. You’ll be asked to create a MonitorMe ‘My Digital Health’ account and confirm that you understand and agree with the conditions of the trial. My Digital Health is in no way connected to the Federal Government’s ‘My Health Record’ initiative.
Then, you can get started.

Why are Uniting Wimmera and Federation University doing this trial?
Uniting Wimmera and Federation University are working together to understand whether a digital health program could improve wellbeing and reduce stress levels. If the program is effective, Uniting could make it available to more people in the community who might be experiencing early signs of poor mental health and need support. The program could be an immediate help to those who can’t access services due to distance, wait lists or anxiety about participating in traditional face-to-face support services.