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Consumers at the centre of health
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Health literacy resources for clinicians, service providers and managers

HCA has compiled a list of resources produced by various organisations, designed to assist clinicians, service providers and managers to improve consumers’ individual health literacy, and the health literacy environment. A short description of the resource is included under each link.


Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) resources 

Five new health literacy fact sheets for health services
Released in July 2017, these fact sheets link staff working in quality improvement to a range of tools and examples to help plan improvements to your organisation’s health literacy environment.  

   Fact sheet 1: An introduction to improving health literacy in your organisation
   Fact sheet 2: Making health literacy part of your policies and processes
   Fact sheet 3: Making way-finding easier
   Fact sheet 4: Writing health information for consumers
   Fact sheet 5: Supporting staff to meet health literacy needs

Summary listing of health literacy resources
This webpage provides links to all health literacy documents on the ACSQHC website.

Health literacy for clinicians
A one-page infographic (text and pictures) describing how you can help your patients to better understand their health.

Health Literacy: A summary for Clinicians
An eight-page booklet describing how clinicians can influence, address and improve health literacy.

Health literacy for managers
A one-page infographic describing how to create a good health literacy environment within your organisation.

Health literacy: a summary for Executives and Managers
An eight-page booklet describing the attributes of a healthcare organisation that addresses health literacy.

National statement on health literacy
A four-page statement which highlights possible actions that can be taken by organisations and individuals working in the health sector to address health literacy.

Health Literacy – taking action to improve safety and quality
A detailed paper of 96 pages, which provides a broad overview of health literacy in Australia, and identifies a number of areas and actions required to address health literacy in a coordinated way.

National Safety and Quality Health Service Standard 2 – Partnering with consumers
This webpage provides links to supportive resources developed by the Commission to help healthcare organisations better understand the requirements of Standard 2.

Tip Sheet 8: Health literacy and the NSQHS Standards
A 10-page document summarising actions in the National Safety Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards related to health literacy, and strategies to address them.

Tip Sheet 5: Preparing written information for consumers that is clear, understandable and easy to use
A four-page tip sheet summarising how organisations can work in partnership with consumers to ensure effective written health information that meets consumers’ needs and a number of actions across the NSQHS Standards.

Tip Sheet 6: How to get feedback from consumers on patient information publications
A five-page tip sheet which summarises how to seek out and incorporate consumer views and perspectives about the patient information publications that you develop and distribute to the people who use your service.

 

SA Health Resources

Guide for engaging with consumers and the community
A sixteen-page guide designed to strengthen and improve the practice of consumer and community engagement processes. It includes examples of the scales and levels of engagement, and practical tools to assist in engaging successfully. The tools related to health literacy are listed separately below.

Tips for communicating clearly – Tools for promoting health literacy: Tool 3
A two-page guide on key communication strategies and requirements for respecting culture and language.

The teach-back method - Tools for promoting health literacy: Tool 4
A one-page guide on how asking what consumers recall, and if they can restate what they have been told, is one of the top consumer safety practices.

Follow-up with consumers - Tools for promoting health literacy: Tool 5
A one-page guide on follow-up with consumers to make sure they obtain, process and understand information about health care, services and the health system.

Encourage questions - Tools for promoting health literacy: Tool 6
A two-page guide with questions to help consumers obtain, process and understand information about health care, services and the health system.

Assessing readability – Tools for promoting health literacy: Tool 7
A one-page guide on consumer feedback and readability formula.

Writing health information - Tools for promoting health literacy: Tool 8
A two-page guide and checklist on working with consumers to plan, produce and evaluate health information.


Choosing Wisely Australia resources

5 questions to ask your doctor – factsheet or poster
A one-page tip sheet listing five questions patients can ask of their doctors or other health- care providers before they get any test, treatment or procedure. Available in A4 and poster size.

5 questions to ask your doctor – graphic for waiting room TV systems
As above.

Recommendations of the tests, treatments, and procedures for healthcare providers and consumers to question
On this webpage you will find lists of recommendations by Australia's peak colleges, societies and associations, of the tests, treatments, and procedures that healthcare providers and consumers should question. Each recommendation is based on the best available evidence.

Choosing Wisely Australia resources for colleges, societies and supporters
This webpage contains the Choosing Wisely Australia communication kit. It lists resources such as documents, a PowerPoint presentation and video clips, to provide key messages and tools to assist with communicating about Choosing Wisely Australia.

Choosing Wisely Australia videos
This webpage contains a variety of videos and transcripts, including case studies, interviews about interactions between health professionals and consumers, and the release of college, society and association recommendations in March 2016.

 

NPS MedicineWise resources

For your patients
This webpage includes a list of resources to help health professionals communicate essential treatment messages to patients. Fact sheets and treatment plans can be printed and given to patients.

Decision tools and resources
On this webpage you will find a variety of decision tools - for both health professionals and patients - that have been developed to provide guidance through your clinical decisions with patients. Some are designed to facilitate discussion with patients; others allow patients to record their symptoms of medicines use, to discuss with you in future consultations.

 

Healthdirect Australia resources

About healthdirect Symptom checker

This webpage contains a video and text detailing what the healthdirect Symptom checker is, and how it supports GPs and patients, by increasing the health literacy of patients about their situation before attending their GP appointments.

 

Translated resources / multicultural health resources

The Health Translations Directory 
This directory provides direct links to reliable translated health resources produced in Australia.  It enables professionals to support their culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) patients/consumers to make positive health and lifestyle choices and to improve their health literacy.  On this website you can search by topic or language.

Centre for Culture, Ethnicy and Health (CCEH) resources
The CCEH library gives you access to quality resources and validated information about culture, ethnicity, health and wellbeing to help you work better with people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. On this page you will find 10 health literacy resources, including tips for communicating with clients who have low health literacy, using teach-back via an interpreter, and producing a translated resource that is accurate and culturally appropriate.

 

Other Australian resources

North Western Melbourne PHN resources
This page by the North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (PHN) includes links to a variety of health literacy resources for health professionals.  It includes an overview of health literacy; guides and tools to use in your practice to address health literacy; techniques to improve communication and patient empowerment; how to access and work with interpreters; and information on culturally-sensitive care.

Tasmanian Government - Department of Health and Human Services resources
On this page you will find a comprehensive Communication and Health Literacy Workplace Toolkit. It provides information and practical tools on topics in six main sections: spoken communication, written communication, improving the health literacy environment of health care facilities, people with additional communication needs, improving health literacy, and workplace assessment tools.  You will also find links to Health Literacy in Practice, including a range of videos, and to further resources.

 

 

 



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Asthma Masterclass

Monday 9 April 2018
10am - 11.30am

Asthma Foundation SA, Hilton

Would you like to learn to live well with asthma? Asthma Masterclasses aim to increase your knowledge and confidence in managing asthma. Learning more about what asthma is and how to respond to symptoms will help you feel in control of your condition. Learn more about the medications, how to use them and when. We also look at worsening asthma, and teach Asthma First Aid. This is essential information for everyone with asthma, or those caring for others with asthma. You can find all training dates in 2018, Kids Asthma Masterclass details, and register to attend here.

Webinar: Difficult-to-treat and severe asthma - changing the paradigm

Tuesday 1 May 2018

7:00 – 8:00 pm (AEST)

NPS MedicineWise is hosting a webinar on difficult-to-treat and severe asthma. Many asthma sufferers experience uncontrolled asthma and poor outcomes, despite high-dose standard therapy. The webinar aims to explore new therapies which may improve the health outcomes for people who suffer severe asthma. An expert panel will convene for a multidisciplinary discussion on new therapies, and how to identify and manage difficult-to-treat and severe asthma. You can find out more and register here.

Webinar: Heavy menstrual bleeding: Delivering best practice forum

Monday 7 May 2018

9.30am – 3.00pm

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care invites consumers to participate in their upcoming webinar on the Heavy Menstrual Bleeding Clinical Care Standard (the Standard). The Standard was developed in response to significant variation in the rate of hysterectomy and endometrial ablation surgical procedures to treat heavy menstrual bleeding, as identified in both the first and the second Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation. The webinar will provide participants the opportunity to learn more about the Standard. You can find out more and register to attend here.

7th Strong Aboriginal Children's Health Expo

Thursday 19 April 2018
11am - 3.00pm

Adelaide Entertainment Centre
 
SA Health DeadlyKidsSA, in partnership with Watto Purrunna Aboriginal Primary Health Care Service and Nunkuwarrin Yunti, is hosting this free expo in April. Aboriginal families are encouraged to come along for a day of healthy activities and information in a fun environment. Kids can complete the "My Deadly Health Journey" and receive a showbag! You can find out more and register to attend here

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Conference

Friday 15 June 2018

8am - 4pm
Glenelg

This year's World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) Conference program has been developed with the theme around 'Prevention to Intervention'. The purpose of the WEAAD is to encourage communities to recognise the issues concerning abuse of older people, and for our society to create policies that promote dignity and respect for older people. The conference will demonstrate strategies developed and used by professionals in a variety of fields. You can find out more about the conference here.


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