Empowering your community to manage their own health futures
Digital health literacy is an important skillset for all Australians to make appropriate and informed health decisions. According to the National Library of Medicine it means it ‘includes the ability to understand instructions on prescription drug bottles, appointment slips, medical education brochures, doctor's directions and consent forms, and the ability to negotiate complex health care systems’.
During the first phase of ALIA's digital health literacy training program, more than 2,700 public library staff have been trained to support patrons in navigating and understanding Federal Government digital health initiatives, such as My Health Record.
We are now into the next phase of the program, with public libraries rolling out community programs in digital health literacy across Australia. We know that people use public libraries as trusted sources of health and wellness information, and this is an opportunity to use your training to provide webinars, workshops, morning teas and/or Zoom sessions to your communities.
We ask that all participating libraries provide community engagement sessions throughout the remainder of 2021. Health Information Week 2021 will be running from 5-11 July, and this could be the perfect opportunity to run some digital health information events for your community. The online Digital Health Literacy training program finished on 31 March 2021, but if you were unable to register and complete the program before then, you can register and get access to the online training program here.
To help library staff run information sessions ALIA has created the following resources:
- Digital health pull-up banner template V1
- Digital health pull-up banner template V2
- Digital health banner template PowerPoint
- Digital health literacy screen horizontal template
- Digital health literacy screen vertical template
You can also access the Health Literacy Month handbook, which covers topics ranging from finding people to work with and brainstorming ideas to putting an event together, marketing it, and assessing effectiveness. This handbook also has examples and insights from others who have run Health Literacy events.
Further information on digital health literacy can be found on the following websites:
My Health Record resources and information
- My Health Record website
- My Health Record statistics (August 2020)
- My Health Record promotional materials and resources
- My Health Record YouTube channel
- Digital Health Literacy training online digital resources folder
- Digital Health Literacy online discussion page
- Queensland Public Libraries Connect - Digital Health Literacy web page
- Be Connected My Health Record training resources
The training was provided in partnership with the ALIA Australian Public Library Alliance (APLA), ALIA Health Libraries Australia (HLA) and the Australian Digital Health Agency.
- Read the one page fact sheet, outlining the scope of the project
- Some more statistics and insights into how My Health Records are being used
Interested parties can still register for the free training, please contact email@example.com for more information.
This page is accurate as of 5 May 2021 and will be updated as needed