The Population Health Division have procured the Sax Institute, in partnership with the Sydney Health Literacy Lab, to develop the National Health Literacy Strategy (NHLS), which will aim to improve the health literacy environment in Australia as well as individuals’ self-care capabilities. The objective of the NHLS is to provide an evidence-based health literacy environment, where health information is person-centred, accessible and culturally and linguistically appropriate, and to improve health literacy skills of all Australians. The NHLS was announced as one of the early priorities in 2021-22 under the National Preventive Health Strategy 2021-2030.
The Sax Institute have developed a Consultation Paper which includes a draft NHLS Framework for public consultation. This Framework has been developed based on feedback gathered through targeted consultations with a diverse range of stakeholders and consumers, and based on reviews of national and international evidence. The feedback received from this consultation will then be used to inform a draft NHLS, which will subsequently be released for consultation in early 2023.
We are pleased to inform you that the Consultation Paper is now live on the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care’s Consultation Hub. We ask that you please review and respond to questions on the Consultation Hub to provide feedback on the Framework, including the aims, vision and principles.
The paper will be available online for comment for a four-week period and will close on 09 November 2022 at 11:59pm.
It would also be greatly appreciated if you could please disseminate the link to the Consultation Hub via your networks and/or publicise it on your social media channels. It is integral to the development of the NHLS that a wide-range of views and perspectives are heard, especially those who may not have participated in consultation to date.
If you have any questions about the survey questions or the consultation process, please contact NPHS@health.gov.au.
Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Division
Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Division | Health Resourcing Group
Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care
PO Box 9848, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia
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