Health literacy was identified as a key priority in HealthWest’s Strategic Plan 2013-17. HealthWest successfully worked at a systems level to increase participation of individuals and communities in decision making at an individual, program and organisational level, with a focus on health literacy and community participation.
- The Health Literacy & Community Participation Program Report provides a short overview of our health literacy work and outcomes from 2013-2017.
- Our Health Literacy Members Survey Summary shows how HealthWest has helped drive and contributed to significant development of health literacy practices among our member organisations.
Health Literacy Development Project 2013-2017
HealthWest partnered with cohealth and the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health (CEH) from 2013 to 2017, to enhance health literacy responsiveness across the health and community services system in Melbourne’s west.
Case study: Building health literacy responsiveness in Melbourne’s west
A case study of activities and outcomes from the Health Literacy Development Project was published in the Australian Health Review:
ML Allott, T Sofra, G O’Donnell, JL Hearne & L Naccarella. Building health literacy responsiveness in Melbourne’s west: a systems approach. Australian Health Review. Published online 24 October 2017. doi: 10.1071/AH17059 www.publish.csiro.au/ah/AH17059
- Read a free, pre-publication version of the case study here.
Evaluating the Ripple Effect
A series of three evaluation reports have been released examining different aspects of the project and are a must read for people who want to understand the drivers, enablers and barriers to creating health literacy change within organisations:
- Evaluating the Ripple Effect of the Health Literacy Project Initiatives at the Organisational Level 2015 (executive summary and full report).
- Evaluation of the 2014 Health Literacy Professional Development Initiative (executive summary and full report).
- 2013 Health Literacy Course Final Evaluation full report.
Health Literacy Development Course
HealthWest partnered with the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health (CEH) and cohealth to develop and deliver the Health Literacy Development Course to help health and community services implement health literacy within their organisations.
- For more information about the course, visit the CEH website.
Better Health in Braybrook
In late 2015 representatives from HealthWest, cohealth, Maribyrnong City Council and the Braybrook community formed a partnership to deliver the Better Health in Braybrook Project. This project aimed to explore ‘what are the ingredients of a user-friendly and accessible Braybrook Community Hub?’ through a range of assessment, mapping, educational and strategic actions. This report explores the project outcomes and offers ideas on how to explore issue of health literacy and community participation within communities and organisations.
- Download the Better Health in Braybrook Project Report.
Read about our current health literacy projects here.