Take the message to the community

Communities need to be educated, using appropriate messages developed for them targeting and addrssing their concerns and issues.

There are resources developed, for example the 'use of an ambulance in Qld', https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfM3MfwTEEE can be shown in community events, or where communties meet to educate them on when to use services approprately and in a timely manner. 

Why the contribution is important

Communities need to be educated to understand the services available and how to navigate our complex health system. 

The Australian Bureau of Statistics Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (2006) showed that 60 per cent of Australians have less than adequate levels of literacy and health literacy, and only 6 per cent of the Australian population has ‘high’ health literacy levels.

As illustrated in Figure 1, for Australian women, health literacy levels differ according to age, with women over 65 years showing the lowest levels. As women in this group are also the highest users of a range of health services, it is likely that many of these women will have problems understanding written and verbal advice from health sources and being able to successfully navigate the health system to obtain appropriate services.

These difficulties increase where other factors such as being from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background are also impacting on health literacy. While 17.4 per cent of 65–74 year olds in the broader population have ‘adequate’ health literacy levels, only 3.4 per cent of CALD individuals in the same age group have adequate health literacy levels.


by el on August 20, 2019 at 05:08PM

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