This is the final report from an International Health Literacy Network conference held recently at the University of Sydney. It covers: Gaps in services for cancer patients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. A consumer health advocate’s call for more responsive health services. Feedback from conference participants, including advice for health professionals to “stop telling and start [...]READ MORE
As previously reported at Croakey, Professor Michael Wolf, Director of the Health Literacy and Learning Program at Northwestern University in Chicago, was a keynote speaker at an International Health Literacy Network conference held recently at the University of Sydney. Marge Overs, who is filing a series of articles from the conference, reports below that Professor Wolf identified some [...]READ MORE
Out-of-pocket costs for health care are becoming an issue that the Government cannot afford to ignore. Peter Brooks AM MD, Professor, School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne, adds his voice to the growing chorus of experts, peak bodies and commentators who are pushing for action in this area. He writes: Early this [...]READ MORE
Australia’s peak alcohol and drug agency, the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA), learned early this week that it was being defunded, forcing it into voluntary administration. In a statement, ADCA said the decision by Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash “ignores previous undertakings and commitment” about ongoing funding to 2015. In the article [...]READ MORE
The decision by Bicycle Network to enter into a partnership with Coca-Cola has attracted strong criticism from public health experts. “How can Bicycle Network promote healthy lifestyle messages to the community while riding tandem with Coca-Cola at the same time?” asked one of its members, Ross Green, in this Croakey post. “Surely this undermines a [...]READ MORE
When six out of ten Australians struggle to make sense of health information, how should researchers, policy-makers and services respond?
What are the critical questions for improving health literacy? Researchers, consumers, health practitioners and policy makers will be discussing the latest developments in health literacy at this conference, to be hosted by the multidisciplinary International Health Literacy Network at the University of Sydney on November 26. Health journalist Marge Overs will report on the event [...]READ MORE
If expert patients find the health system difficult to negotiate, then surely some serious reforms are needed?
People seeking healthcare need to be given much better information about the performance of health services and health professionals, according to Professor Stephen Duckett, Director of the Health Program at the Grattan Institute. In a lecture hosted by the Consumers Health Forum this morning, Professor Duckett also suggested that the fees charged by doctors for [...]READ MORE
Karol Petrovska and Caroline Homer write: Yet another ‘homebirth horror’ story has hit the headlines of late, most notably on the Mamamia website. A woman in Victoria, who had had two previous caesarean sections, researched her birthing options online when she next became pregnant and chose to have a homebirth based largely, the article states, [...]READ MORE
Dr Tim Senior, a GP working in Aboriginal health, provides the following advice for anyone reporting on medical tests (or indeed anyone wanting to understand the media’s reporting of screening and test issues)… “I need a prostate check and a colonoscopy” “Oh. What makes you say that?” “Well, I was listening in 2GB the other [...]READ MORE
A conversation that needs to continue: what to do about the relatively small number of doctors who account for so many patient complaints
The online ecosystem, linking up journals, bloggers, mainstream media and researchers with the wider world, is bringing new opportunities for researchers to hear and learn from the responses to their findings. The article below documents some of the wide-ranging responses to a recent study which found that a small proportion of doctors account for a [...]READ MORE