Skip to content
Medical Health Aged Care

Australia needs to work on its health literacy to stay in top shape

RMIT University 2 mins read

Topics: digital health literacy, health literacy, healthcare, health policy, healthy living

Professor Kerryn Butler-Henderson, Director of Digital Health at RMIT University

“From pedometers, smartwatches to telehealth technologies, we’ve been relying on digital tools to help make health decisions for decades. The pandemic highlighted how important it was to understand health information and to know when something might be misinformation or disinformation.

“The same is true about digital health tools. We need to learn how to tell when a technology is safe to use, to understand what happens to your health data when it is captured in health technology, and how to interpret the data to be in greater control of our own health.

“Government, health services and health practitioners all play a role in providing the health literacy of our citizens – this starts with our school-aged children.

“We need to focus on educating our young people so they understand the importance of health data, information and technology.

“More needs to be done to address barriers preventing access for marginalised communities, including older Australians and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

“But we need more research studies to track our progress in this area and this could be helped by governments funding more studies and working towards targets.

“Ways we can be more health literate include taking an active role in your health, care and wellness.

“Ask your health provider questions and ask for resources to learn more about your health.

“Find a reliable source that you can trust for health information, such as a government website or a credible peak body that bases its information on peer reviewed published evidence.

“Read the reviews on health applications and technology before you use them and look to your local government for initiatives to skill up your leadership in your health and wellness goals."

Professor Kerryn Butler-Henderson is the Director of Digital Health at RMIT University. Kerryn recently contributed to the European Union-funded Global Atlas of Literacies for Health, one of the first interactive tools visualising levels of health and digital health literacy from evidence-based studies conducted with residents in Europe and beyond.


Contact details:

Interviews: Professor Kerryn Butler-Henderson 0408 956 082 or kerryn.butler-henderson@rmit.edu.au

General enquiries: General enquiries: 0439 704 077 or news@rmit.edu.au 

More from this category

  • Medical Health Aged Care, Research Development
  • 20/06/2024
  • 05:25
HCF

HCF Research Foundation supports key colonoscopy study as screening age lowers to 45

THURSDAY, 20 JUNE 2024: As Australia marks Bowel Cancer Awareness Month this June, the HCF Research Foundation proudly highlights its support of a pivotal…

  • Contains:
  • Medical Health Aged Care, Property Real Estate
  • 19/06/2024
  • 19:54
Kurraba Group

Kurraba launches Australia’s first-commercial life sciences campus

Sydney, Australia: Leading Australian life sciences and bio-medical property investment and development manager, the Kurraba Group (‘Kurraba’), is excited to announce the launch of Australia’s first commercial life sciences Campus, a $490-million development in the heart of Sydney’s emerging health and innovation precinct. Just 2kms from the CBD, the strategically-located 26,000sqm development site at 100 Botany Road, Waterloo, will house hi-tech laboratories, knowledge workspaces, and the necessary infrastructure and facilities for professionals working in Australia’s rapidly-evolving life sciences sector. The Campus will drive investment, productivity and high-growth across advanced medical and health sciences industries, creating a robust platform for local…

  • Medical Health Aged Care
  • 19/06/2024
  • 15:15
Royal Australian College of GPs

RACGP thanks outgoing Rural Health Commissioner for her service and advocacy

The Royal Australian College of GPs (RACGP) has thanked outgoing National Rural Health Commissioner Associate Professor Ruth Stewart for her service and welcomed the appointment of Professor Jenny May AM to the role. Professor May’s appointment was announced by the Minister for Health and Aged Care the Hon Mark Butler MP today, commencing 2 September 2024. RACGP President Dr Nicole Higgins thanked Associate Professor Stewart for her service and leadership. “Thanks to Ruth Stewart for her fierce advocacy, her service, and her leadership in advancing healthcare for rural Australians,” she said. "The RACGP worked with Associate Professor Stewart on progressing…

  • Contains:

Media Outreach made fast, easy, simple.

Feature your press release on Medianet's News Hub every time you distribute with Medianet. Pay per release or save with a subscription.