Improving health literacy
: guidelines

Clinical Advisor,

It is no longer recommended that patients with low health literacy be identified. Instead, Universal Health Literacy Precautions are recommended.

While some providers are concerned that using plain language with health-literate patients will offend, studies show that patients with adequate health literacy prefer to receive health information in an easier to understand format.

Further, research indicates that patients with limited literacy will avoid contact with the healthcare system if they fear that their literacy issues will be discovered.

  • Read more here
  • Access AHRQ health literacy universal precautions toolkit here
  • Access Toolkit for making written material clear and effective here

Aged Care Workers and HIV & Ageing (Resource)

ASHM, 2015

Over the last 35 years, HIV has been transformed from what was once a fatal
illness to a chronic condition that people can now easily manage. Therefore,
people with HIV are able to live longer and reach old age. As people living
with HIV start to access aged care services, what effect will this have on the
Aged Care Worker and the role they perform?

This booklet was developed for Aged Care Workers who work in a range of
residential facilities and in the community providing services to clients in their
own homes. The booklet provides basic information about HIV and the effect
of HIV and HIV treatment on the ageing process.

Download resource (PDF) here

Presentation: Young People and Blood Awareness

YEP Project on February 25, 2015

Gaining information about blood-borne viruses (BBVs) and their modes of transmission can be a process that is daunting and potentially full of confusion and myths. This is why YACWA teamed up with HepatitisWA to run a training workshop about ‘Young People and Blood Awareness’ during Sexual Health Awareness week.

  • Read more here
  • Access presentation Young People and Blood Awareness here