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Health Literacy for Older People

Funding Source UTAS
Project Status Current


This pilot project aims to enhance and improve health literacy skills amongst older Tasmanians (aged 55+). Health literacy can be defined as ‘the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions’ (Nutbeam 2001). Research conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (2006) found that Tasmanians have some of the lowest levels of health literacy among all Australian states and territories. Education and health literacy have an integral relationship with the overall health of a society’s population as well as disparities within the population (ABS 2006).