Improving health literacy

Richard H. Osborne PhD
Professor of Public Health; NHMRC Senior Research Fellow; Deakin University


IN 2006 the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released the results of a national survey that assessed health-related literacy. The study, though methodically problematic, indicated that 59% of the Australian general population had low levels of health literacy.

There is wide acknowledgement among health professionals of the importance of recognising and addressing health literacy in