Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia, education and health literacy

Jacqueline Boyle, Bronwyn Fredericks, Helena Jane Teede

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Abstract

Health literacy is a vital tool to build health knowledge and enable empowerment in health decision making at a community and individual level. There are different views of what constitutes health literacy with the most inclusive addressing broadly the skills and competencies required ?to seek out, comprehend, evaluate, and use health information and concepts to make informed choices, reduce health risks, and increase quality of life? (Zarcadoolas 2005). Poor health literacy has been shown to impact health seeking behaviour, access and awareness to preventive health.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEducation in Australia: Cultural Influences, Global Perspectives and Social Challenges
EditorsPavel Jelinek
Place of PublicationNY USA
PublisherNova Science Publishers
Pages107-114
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-1-62417-267-0
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013

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