Kia ora and welcome to New Zealand’s Health Literacy website
People with good health literacy can make informed and appropriate health decisions, and better manage their own health. This means better patient outcomes and more effective use of health resources.
Around half of New Zealand adults have low health literacy, which results in a wide range of problems and challenges for the health system, individuals, their whānau and families.
Achieving high levels of health literacy in New Zealand requires sustainable, long-term solutions.
Workbase is New Zealand’s most experienced provider of literacy, numeracy and communication support for organisations and adults. We have developed this website to support health professionals, managers and policy makers by providing comprehensive free information about health literacy, and easy access to resources and expertise.
I am not sure that I entirely agree with the author of this blog post in the New Zealand context: http://engagingthepatient.com/2014/10/02/are-we-abusing-dialysis/ I do agree with her about how difficult it is to get a transplant from either a deceased donor or a live donor. I do agree too that shifting onto dialysis places an enormous Read more >
- Can community-based peer support promote health literacy and reduce inequalities? A realist review – 2015 [UK]
- The digital divide among low-income homebound older adults: Internet use patterns, eHealth literacy, and attitudes toward computer / Internet use – 2013 [US]
- Health literacy toolkit for low- and middle-income countries. A series of information sheets to empower communities and strengthen health systems – 2015 [Aus]
- Low health literacy predicts decline in physical function among older adults: findings from the LitCog cohort study – 2015 [US]