At the Health Literacy Hub and Consumer Enablement Guide Launch in Parramatta today.

Good to sit amidst my colleagues from WentWest, Western Sydney Local Health District, NSW ACI, NSW CEC and ACSQHC.

Great speakers from Australia, UK and the USA, lots to learn and some very practical solutions to address the issue.

Range of key slides below from defining the scope of the problem to addressing issues across the medical neighbourhood.

1. Poor health literacy is common

60% of adult Australians have poor health literacy and struggle with tasks such as locating information on a bottle of medicine.

2. Poor health literacy is linked to multiple long-term health effects

3. We must create health literate systems

Health literate systems rely on increasing the skills and confidence of consumers, as well as reducing the complexity of communication.

4. Solutions can be quite simple

Simple solutions – Teach back simple and easy to implement, immediately effective; Improve readability;

5. Co-design relies on a bottom-up approach

Adopt a bottom-up approach backed by top-down commitment to systems change. Understand, listen to, and work with the nest in order to “look after the nest”

6. Consumer and clinician enablement vital

Shared decision making via evidence-based medicine and patient-centred communication skills leads to optimal patient care

7. Invest in general practice and primary care

87% of population see a GP at least once a year and less than 1% of population do not have a GP. Success hindered by change in complex heath behaviours, genetic and physiological risks as well as multiplicity of information and pathways

8. Align with quadruple aim

Achieve consistency by working towards common goals – align with quadruple aim

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