Workforce indicators of health literacy

Shannon, Hugh A. & Parker, Tony W. (2011) Workforce indicators of health literacy. In Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference, 21 - 24 August 2011, Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre, Townsville, QLD.


The concept of health literacy has evolved over the last forty years from an individual, literacy driven focus in clinical settings to one associated with a contemporary approach to health promotion. The World Health Organization has defined health literacy as ‘the cognitive and social skills which determine the motivation and ability of individuals to gain access to, understand and use information in ways which promote and maintain good health’ (World Health Organization, 1998, p. 10). The conceptual evolution of health literacy has seen a shift beyond a functional orientation to also recognise cognitive, behavioural and environmental influences. This more comprehensive view of health literacy acknowledges factors like efficacy, motivation, self-efficacy, autonomy, social support and empowerment. A health literate workforce could present benefits for the employee and employer...

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ID Code: 49316
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Workforce, Mining, Health Literacy
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (111705)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 23 Mar 2012 04:50
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2012 04:53

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