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Looking at Health Literacy Through a Health Equity Lens

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Elmer, SL and Webb, D and Magee, J, Looking at Health Literacy Through a Health Equity Lens, TasCOSS Conference, 13-14 November, 2014, Hobart, Tasmania (2014) [Conference Extract]


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Health literacy more accurately predicts health status than any other social determinant and as such there is a gathering momentum for health literacy research and education. Low levels of health literacy negatively impact on a personís ability obtain, understand and use health information in order to make informed choices, access services and manage their own health. Current research indicates that some people experience disproportionately lower levels of health literacy Including older adults, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, new arrivals, those with lower literacy levels and from low socio-economic background . People within these groups are also more likely to experience poorer health outcomes. Improving health literacy within these population groups has the potential to reduce inequalities and improve individual health outcomes and contribute to the overall health of the Tasmanian population. This interactive workshop will take an experiential learning approach whereby the participants will engage in activities designed to simulate real life problems. This approach has been chosen to increase the likelihood that the participants will take up the ideas and practices presented in the workshop in their own workplace. The participants will complete activities designed to assess health equity issues, as well as identify and respond to the health literacy needs of particular groups.

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Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:health literacy, health equity
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Health Promotion
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other Health
Objective Field:Health not elsewhere classified
Author:Elmer, SL (Dr Shandell Elmer)
ID Code:96967
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2014-11-26
Last Modified:2014-11-27
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