Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia, education and health literacy

Boyle, Jacqui, Fredericks, Bronwyn L., & Teade, Helena (2013) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia, education and health literacy. In Jelinek, Pavel (Ed.) Education in Australia: Cultural Influences, Global Perspectives and Social Challenges. NOVA Science Publishers, Hauppauge, New York, United States, pp. 107-114.

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Health literacy is a vital tool to build health knowledge and enable empowerment in health decision making at a community and individual level. There are different views of what constitutes health literacy with the most inclusive addressing broadly the skills and competencies required “to seek out, comprehend, evaluate, and use health information and concepts to make informed choices, reduce health risks, and increase quality of life” (Zarcadoolas 2005). Poor health literacy has been shown to impact health seeking behaviour, access and awareness to preventive health.

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ID Code: 61831
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: Bronwyn Fredericks is an Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), a member of the Indigenous Studies Research Network, QUT and a member of the National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN)which is auspiced by QUT. Bronwyn is also a graduate of QUT.
Keywords: Aboriginal , Torres Strait Islander, Indigenous , Australia, Health, Literacy, Education, Health Outcomes
ISBN: 978-1-62417-268-7
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (111701)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education (130301)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Research Centres > Indigenous Studies Research Network
Deposited On: 02 Sep 2013 05:53
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2014 04:50

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