Health Literacy Network Newsletter November 2016

Communication and Health Literacy

What’s the Health Literacy Network Been Up To?

The following is a summary of what has been achieved to date based on the 4 key themes that were identified at our regional meetings in January 2016.

Raise Public Awareness
  • Supported our partners with: 26TEN literacy week, photo competition and upcoming TasCOSS HeLLOTas forums (Ulverstone 29November, Hobart 1 December).
  • Made a Change Day Pledge to grow the "Hello my name is campaign..." Tasmanian campaign 33 people have joined the pledge so far.
  • #hellomynameis Tasmania campaign has had more than 700 view of our YouTube, 60 organisations and services contact us for resources and now 3 Ambassadors join us.
  • Received some good media coverage and support for the #hellomynameis Tasmania campaign from The Examiner and looking forward to a health literacy story in The Sunday Tasmanian (The Mercury).
Engage People in Health Literacy Activities
  • Supported TasCOSS pilot project to develop a framework to improve health literacy within community sector organisations.
  • Sourced and promoted exclusive health literacy training opportunities – Two day plain language training in June, Ophelia Master Class in August.
  • Created an electronic State-wide Training Calendar of health literacy training.
Advocate for the Implementation of Health Literacy Principles and Practices within the Health Care System
  • Developing a process for acknowledging good health literacy practice – “Spot On”– more details to follow!
  • Promoting and supporting uptake of #hellomynameis campaign in Tas.
  • Working with partners and supporting organisations to work towards becoming health literate organisations.
  • The Health Literacy Network is recognised as a key partnership in the Healthy Tasmania Strategic Plan.
Foster Links Between Supporters That Facilitate Collaboration
  • Health Literacy network has grown from 85 to 253 people through promotion at training events, workplaces, word of mouth.
  • Broadened the working group to foster intersectoral collaboration TasCOSS and Colony 47 have joined us. J
  • Created different ways to communicate with each other and more broadly – 26TEN Facebook Page – Tuesday postings, monthly enews.
  • Increased the profile of the Health Literacy Network; among service providers, organisations, as well as policy-makers.

There has been some great progress in the first 10 months and that’s just what we know about, so much more is happening and so much more to do! We will shortly be calling on you again to give us more feedback about what’s important to you and where we need to focus in 2017.

The network is full of passionate, knowledgeable, skilled people across the state. If you looking for something or keen to know if something is being done in an area, have a specific interest or have something to share please get in touch. We love hearing all things health literacy!

Thank you for your interest and support. Together we can make a difference!

Health Literacy Network Newsletter November 2016