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 just read this excellent post from Dr Jan Berger about medicine adherence. She emphasises the importance of health professionals communicating in ways that help them discover and discuss what patients know and feel about their health and medicines, in order to help patients understand new medicines. This reflects the model we use when working with Read more >
- Learnings from a project to develop a generic self-management care plan for long term conditions [NZ]
- Effects of patient health literacy, patient engagement and a system-level health literacy attribute on patient-reported outcomes: a representative statewide survey [US]
- Is the cloze procedure appropriate to evaluate health literacy in older individuals? Age effects in the Test of Functional Health Literacy in adults [US]
- Cardiovascular disease medication health literacy among Indigenous peoples: design and protocol of an intervention trial in Indigenous primary care services – 2014 [NZ]