Canberra Health Literacy NETWORK

The Canberra Health Literacy Network

The Canberra Health Literacy Network is a new network of people who are working to improve health literacy in the ACT.  Our aim is to make it easier for everyone who uses health services in the ACT to:

  • get, understand and act on health information,
  • make decisions about their health and care, and
  • access the health and community services they need.

Health literacy describes the confidence, knowledge and skills that people need to get, understand and act on health information. It is central to good health and it matters to everyone. Health professionals, health services, consumer organisations and community services can all take action to support health literacy.

Everyone is welcome to get involved in the Network. This includes people who work or volunteer for health services, community services and consumer organisations, and people studying to become health and community professionals.

In 2020-21 the Network will offer:

  • Workshops on practical health literacy topics
  • Online resources to support health literacy
  • Opportunities to shape the ACT response to health literacy
  • A network of peers working in different organisations
  • Opportunities to share and learn from others
  • The chance to shape the Network’s future activities.

Network activities are directed by a Steering Group that includes representatives of:

  • ACT Health Directorate
  • ACT Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Calvary Public Hospital Bruce
  • Canberra Health Service
  • Capital Health Network
  • Carers’ ACT, and
  • Health Care Consumers’ Association

It is an initiative of the Health Care Consumers’ Association (HCCA) and is supported by the ACT Health Directorate.

To register your interest in the Network, and find out about upcoming events, please contact HCCA on (02) 6230 7800 or email Community Health Literacy Project Officer Jessica Lamb at jessicalamb@hcca.org.au.

 

Last updated: 12/3/2020