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Self-care Pillar: Health Literacy

26 Apr 2020 by Krystal Barter
Self-care Pillar: Health Literacy

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare released the Australia’s Health report, revealing 60% of all Australians have a low level of health literacy, meaning  they were not able to effectively make decisions relating to managing their health

Health literacy enables individuals to have the skills, knowledge and understanding to make informed decisions about their healthcare. This means understanding how to interpret what doctors say at appointments, knowing what to research when trying to understand conditions and adopting protective behaviours including self checks to ensure early prevention is possible.

During these unprecedented times, good health literacy is extremely important in order to effectively navigate health services such as the operation of telehealth. Being able to use services to the best of your ability, will improve understanding, alleviate anxiety and ensure optimal care is being provided.

Check out this useful link to understand how to improve your health literacy.

 

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