The Canberra Health Literacy website was developed by the Health Care Consumers’ Association (HCCA) with support from the ACT Health Directorate.
This website is a central point for health literacy information, training and resources for the ACT. It aims to:
- raise awareness of health literacy issues;
- support improved health literacy skills in consumers, carers, health care professionals and community support groups or organisations; and
- provide health literacy resources for consumer organisations, community services, health professionals and consumers.
This website is part of the Community Health Literacy Project, which is a HCCA project, funded by the ACT Government. The project’s aim is to “help patients better navigate our health system”.
The Community Health Literacy Project
The Community Health Literacy Project started in 2019 and includes:
- An environmental scan of community health literacy strengths and opportunities in the ACT (2019) which
- analysed community health literacy strengths, challenges and priorities for ACT communities,
- reviewed health literacy initiatives in the ACT, Australia and internationally, and
- identified priority initiatives to improve health literacy in the ACT.
- A draft Health Literacy Framework for the ACT Health Directorate
- The Canberra Health Literacy Network, which will provide learning and development opportunities for health and community professionals and people involved in consumer organisations.
- A training package to assist community sector workers to support the health literacy of people who use their services.
- A Consumer Complaint Decision Aid.
The Community Health Literacy project received valuable input from people with consumer, clinical or policy expertise. This included representatives from:
- ACT Health Directorate
- ACT Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing
- AIDS Action Council of the ACT
- Calvary Public Hospital Bruce
- Canberra Health Service
- Capital Health Network
- Carers’ ACT
- Health Care Consumers’ Association
About the Health Care Consumers’ Association
The Health Care Consumers’ Association (HCCA) is a health promotion organisation that provides a voice for consumers on local health issues. It provides opportunities for health care consumers in the ACT to take part in health service planning, policy development and decision making. HCCA works to improve the quality and availability of health services, supports consumers to identify shared health priorities, and represents these views to the ACT Government.
HCCA is the peak consumer organisation in the ACT and involves consumers through:
- consumer representation,
- consultations and research,
- training in health care rights and navigating the health system,
- community forums,
- information sessions about health issues, and
- advocating on issues of concern to consumers.
HCCA works with the ACT community to advocate for improvements in the quality and safety of health services and to promote equity of access.
As a health promotion organisation, we work within a framework that is based on the social determinants of health. We recognise the impact of economic, social, cultural, environmental and political factors on the health of individuals. We advocate for policies that enhance equal opportunities and the allocation of resources so that all people can achieve their fullest health potential.
We work closely with our members, local communities, the ACT Government, service providers, media and non–government and voluntary organisations to provide coordinated action to improve the quality and safety of health services.
For more information about HCCA’s current projects and activities, or to sign up for our Consumer Bites newsletter, please head over to our website at: www.hcca.org.au/