Deakin University launches Health Literacy Toolkit
Deakin University in partnership with World Health Organization (WHO), has launched health literacy tools and resources aimed at improving health related issues in developing countries.
The health toolkits, launched at the World Congress of Public Health in Kolkata enables people to understand and engage in health actions including lifesaving treatment, understanding that smoking is dangerous for one’s health and how to prevent disease.
According to Lead toolkit author Dr Sarity Dodson, from Deakin University’s Population Health Strategic Research Centre, the Toolkit would support communities to develop initiatives that more effectively target the root causes of preventable illness and act to engage communities in actions to maintain and improve health.
The new Health Literacy Toolkit addresses priority health literacy issues in Low and Middle-Income (LMIC) countries in a package of accessible briefings which are targeted at influential health professionals, politicians, policy makers and to community organisations across the region.
“Health literacy is an important and under-recognised factor that is a cause of health inequalities and poor health outcomes across such countries. Practical strategies to tackle health literacy challenges, such as those in this toolkit, are needed to build and enhance the response of health systems,” said toolkit co-author Professor Richard Osborne, Deakin University.