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A study on the perceptions of International Students on health literacy in an Australian University context


Yeoh, JSW and Doan, TPT, A study on the perceptions of International Students on health literacy in an Australian University context, Language, Society and Culture, 1, (36) pp. 28-33. ISSN 1327-774X (2013) [Refereed Article]

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In recent years, due to the increment in the enrolment number of international students, international students has becomes one of the significant stakeholder in Australian tertiary education institutions. There are many studies about international studentsí academic and daily life in Australia. However, there is a little known on health literacy of international students. So, this research investigated international studentsí views on of the conceptual and functional aspects health literacy at one university context: the University of Tasmania. It aimed to provide insightful information and guidance not only for current and future international students in Australian universities, but also for various educational services and relevant government agencies to provide more effective support to them. Qualitative research method was used to gauge the breadth and depth of the issue. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with seven participants who were studying in different faculties. Data were analysed using qualitative data analysis software NVivo. Constructivist grounded theory was the basis of data analysis. The findings indicated that culture, education and English proficiency are three main factors influencing international research studentsí health literacy. Coping strategies used in improving health literacy are also examined as references for current and prospective international students in the Australian university context.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:international students, health literacy, perceptions
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Yeoh, JSW (Ms Joanne Yeoh)
UTAS Author:Doan, TPT (Ms Thao Doan)
ID Code:86244
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2013-08-30
Last Modified:2015-08-17
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