Community Choice

North Coast Primary Health Network’s 2017 Community Choice Excellence Award recognises a project or program that has engaged deeply with the community, and understands its characteristics and needs. The program should be aligned with the community’s principles and values, and the staff driving the program seen to act with sensitivity, respect and insight. The project is embraced by the community, and ultimately, empowers the community to take ownership of their own health and wellbeing.

Voting closes on Monday 4 September 2017

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Author: bthirkell
Title: NNSW Health Literacy Project
Description: More than 60% of Australian adults do not have the level of health literacy needed to understand and act on day to day health information (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2008). Faced with a growing and aging population and increasing rates of chronic and complex conditions, health services in Northern NSW need to find innovative ways to continue to provide quality, safe, effective and efficient health care. Low health literacy is linked to poorer health status, low use of preventive health services and higher rates of potentially preventable hospitalisation (ACSQHC, 2014). The onus is on health services and health professionals to provide information that is clear, in ways people can access and that empowers people to act as partners in their health care. The NNSW Health Literacy Project is an innovative project that responds to the needs of the community. It aims to improve person-centred care by: Providing consumer health information that is easily understood and supports people’s increased knowledge, empowerment and self-management of their own conditions. Developing the skills and capabilities of the health workforce to improve communication with people in their care. To learn more about the NNSW Health Literacy Project or to attend a Health Literacy workshop, click here.