Study: People with low health literacy don’t find health apps helpful

The Daily Texan, October 25, 2016 at 12:08 am

Health and wellness technology is everywhere — fitbit apps, patient portals and nutrition trackers —­ but a new study by UT researchers shows that this technology might not be helping the people who need it the most: those who have a hard time understanding health information. 

Michael Mackert, University of Texas public relations and advertising associate professor and the lead author of the study, examined how health literacy relates to usage of health technology tools.

Health literacy is the ability to find, understand and apply relevant health information, as well as communicate effectively with doctors, according to Mackert. The study, which was the first to look at this issue, found that people with low health literacy are less likely to use health technology because they don’t think of it as helpful and easy to use, he said.

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“Durban 2016: the changing narrative of HIV/AIDS” – free forum

SAMESH, 26/10/2016

Invites you to their upcoming forum, “Durban 2016: the changing narrative of HIV/AIDS”.

The forum is a fantastic opportunity to hear from guest speakers who attended the 21st International AIDS Forum 2016. They will discuss the current successes and challenges in their respective fields and their thoughts on the future of HIV/AIDS advocacy and research in Australia.

Free event.

Guest speakers include:

Darryl O’Donnell: AFAO CEO
Dr Jennifer Hoy: Key researcher for HIV & HIV-related illnesses
Brent Allan: Living Positive Victoria CEO
Enaam Oudih: Manager Multicultural Services RASA
Roxana Baratosy: SIN Representative

When: Thursday 17 November, 6 – 7.30pm

Where: 57 Hyde St, Adelaide SA 5000

RSVP: Monday 14 November 2016 via 7099 5300

Wine and cheese provided.

Please see attached flyer for full event information: samesh-forum-nov-17-2016-2

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People living with HIV and access to health care in NSW: A Community Survey

Positive Life NSW, 2015

The NSW Ministry of Health (NSW MoH) requested Positive Life NSW (PLNSW) produce a discussion paper which explored the future service needs of people living with HIV (PLHIV) in NSW with complex care needs, in relation to HIV specialists and mainstream services.

The main lines of inquiry which PLNSW investigated were:

 Access to Service Provision – where PLHIV obtained their primary health care and why they preferred to use a particular service; (p7-8)

 Service Satisfaction – how satisfied PLHIV were with the services they received; (p7)

 Health Care Service Barriers – what concerns or difficulties PLHIV experienced when accessing health care services; (p15-17)

 PLHIV Criteria for Service Access – what were the considerations for accessing health care; (p14)

 Mainstream Service Barriers – if PLHIV experienced difficulties or challenges when referred to mainstream or specialist services, what they might be, and; (p19)

 Factors of Retention in Care – factors relating to the ability of PLHIV to remain engaged in treatment and care (p21).

Download report (PDF) here 

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Resources for primary schools with transgender students: latest research


Australia Association for Research in Education, July 2016

Schools constitute a key context in which children may disclose that they are trans or gender diverse. It is not uncommon for a primary school to be asked to sensitively support a trans or gender diverse child. This highlights the need for school communities to provide affirming and informed responses.

While there are few resources accessible to this age group exploring what it means to be trans or gender diverse, there are a growing number of picture books featuring trans and gender diverse characters.

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Contraception: past, present and future and why it matters

WHO, 26 September 2016

Over the past 25 years, considerable progress has been made in women’s sexual and reproductive health, including increases in contraceptive use, spurred by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD).

Despite the positive global trends there are large differences among and within countries. Over 200 million women worldwide would like to avoid a pregnancy but are not using an effective method of contraception. Reasons for this vary from each country but are related to a lack of supplies, cultural and political barriers and poor quality of services.

For policy-makers and programme managers it is critical that their decisions are informed by important lessons that we can learn from history and knowledge of what opportunities the future holds.

The video series is intended as an educational advocacy product and also for programme managers and policy makers to reinforce their commitment to prioritize modern contraception programmes and research based on a better understanding of the history and future directions of family planning and contraception.

Read more / watch video series here 

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