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.
Some of you will know from previous posts that I am not a fan of readability scores for a number of reasons – they are based on grade levels which are an American construct, our adult patients are not children and eliminating multi-syllable words is a waste of time in health where we need patients to Read more >
- Comparative report on health literacy in eight EU member states 
- Health literacy: The solid facts 
- Skill set or mind set? Associations between health literacy, patient activation and health 
- Judgment skills, a missing component in health literacy: development of a tool for asthma patients in the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland