Health literacy is important to your health and wellbeing, and to the safety and quality of your health care.
We used to think that health literacy was just about how well a person could find, understand and use health information — their skills and abilities and what they know about health.
But it is actually much more than this, because the way health information and services are provided affects what you know and what you do about your health.
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) has produced a number of consumer friendly resources which outline the importance of health literacy in improving patient care.
To view the ACSQHC Summary for Patients click here.
A user friendly inforgraphic has also been created by ACSQHC and is accessible here.