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.
Following on from our previous blog about the least dangerous assumption, there is yet another side to the assumptions that are made about health literacy. I often hear health professionals express their frustration and dismay that a patient has not done what they said. We often talk about how the discussion went – was it Read more >
- I Want to Walk with my Moko: Preventing Type 2 Diabetes – 2013 [NZ]
- A Prescription Is Not Enough: Improving Public Health with Health Literacy (PDF of presentation). Andrew Pleasant – 2013 [US]
- A Prescription Is Not Enough: Improving Public Health with Health Literacy – 2013 [US]
- Institute of Medicine. Implications of Health Literacy for Public Health: A Workshop. Panel 3: The Bigger Picture: Harnessing Youth Voices to Improve Public Health Literacy in Diabetes (PDF of presentation). Dean Schillinger – 2013 [US]