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 >
- A health literacy fable for tomorrow: help the world be healthy with health literacy. Discussion paper – 2014 [US]
- The CDC Clear Communication Index [US]
- The Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT) and User’s Guide – 2013 [US]
- Health literacy in patients with chronic hepatitis B attending a tertiary hospital in Melbourne: a questionnaire based survey – 2014 [Aus]