Health literacy is an asset that people draw upon to make their health care decisions and to manage their health on a day-to-day basis.
Providing information and education in a way that people understand contributes to equity of access. However, it is not simply a literacy issue, it is how we as health services make it easier for people to navigate their way around an increasingly complex system. We know that certain population groups are more vulnerable and have lower health literacy.
The Planning and Partnerships Team supports South East Sydney Local Health District to improve our ability to identify and address the health literacy needs of our community.
For further information refer to the Clinical Excellence Commission