In partnership with the University of Sydney and the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care hosted a national workshop on health literacy: Advancing health literacy in Australia: Building partnerships and collaborations.
Health literacy is a significant issue for Australia and addressing health literacy in a coordinated way has the potential to increase the safety, quality and sustainability of the health system. To achieve this, it is necessary to:
The aim of the workshop was to bring a select group of consumers, practitioners, researchers, and policy makers together to identify priorities for action in health literacy in Australia and to enable them to work collaboratively to advance these priorities.
Health literacy: Opportunities for health consumer organisations – Mr Michael Cousins, Health Consumers Alliance of SA
Health literacy: Perspective of a hospital clinician and educator – Dr Imogen Mitchel, Canberra Hospital
Health literacy: A research perspective – A/Professor Kirsten McCaffrey, University of Sydney
Health literacy: What’s happening in Tasmania? – Ms Diane Webb, Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania
Taking action together – Case study by Dr Karen Luxford, Clinical Excellence Commission
A plan for becoming a health literate organisation – Case study by Ms Vicki Biro and Ms Fiorina Mastroianni, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care