An investment not an expense: enhancing health literacy in culturally and linguistically diverse communities | Australian Policy Online

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Low health literacy is a nation-wide problem and it is extremely costly to all Australians, both in the burden it brings to bear on our healthcare systems and in terms of human costs, such as reduced quality of life for the many Australians who could, potentially, be healthier. For CALD Victorians, the problem of low-health literacy needs to be tackled via targeted strategies and resources, as this is the only way to overcome exacerbating factors such as language and literacy barriers, differing cultural perceptions of health, culturally unresponsive services and the lifestyle upheavals that can accompany migration and settlement.

For the purposes of this paper the key issues identified have been divided into the following four core areas:

Health literacy in the current policy context Language, literacy and health literacy Culture and health literacy Community capacity building for improved health literacy
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