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International Health Literacy Network Conference 2013

"It is like the chicken talking to the duck": health literacy conference participants call for a user-friendly health system

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 […]

Such a (deceptively) simple concept: let's confuse patients less

Such a (deceptively) simple concept: let's confuse patients less

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 […]

Pushing for a national focus on health literacy

Pushing for a national focus on health literacy

Health literacy is gaining increasing attention at a national policy level, Marge Overs reports from an International Health Literacy Network conference held recently at the University of Sydney. Marge Overs writes: Health literacy has growing support at the national level, and is increasingly being recognised in national and policy reform process, according to Nicola Dunbar from the […]

Health system urged to embrace health literacy as vital for quality care

Health system urged to embrace health literacy as vital for quality care

Professor Michael Wolf, Director of Health Literacy and Learning Program at Northwestern University in Chicago, is a keynote speaker at an International Health Literacy Network conference at the University of Sydney today. Below is a brief preview of his presentation: “Health literacy has become a globally embraced concept that has been accepted and promoted by an unprecedented […]

Innovative project aims to improve health literacy

Innovative project aims to improve health literacy

An innovative Victorian project that aims to improve health literacy is attracting international attention (for an overview of why health literacy matters, read this previous Croakey post). The project – OPtimising HEalth LIterAcy, or Ophelia – involves a questionnaire that measures a patient’s ability to engage in and understand health care. Its development was guided […]

When six out of ten Australians struggle to make sense of health information, how should researchers, policy-makers and services respond?

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 […]