Low literacy diabetes care teaching resources and handouts for Credentialled Diabetes Educators/diabetes educators, nurses, doctors, allied health professionals and aged care and disability support providers.
These help people with low literacy/health literacy to understand how they can make a difference to their diabetes care outcomes.
Did you know sixty percent of Australians find it hard to understand and use the health information we give them about their health?
If we change the way we help people to understand their health conditions, like diabetes, we will be able to help more of the 50% of people with diabetes who currently aren’t reaching their glucose targets that are set for good health.
A new range of low literacy diabetes care resources provides clear, simple messages, focussed on the actions people can take to change their habits for better health outcomes. The paper based resources are teaching tools and take home handouts for people with low health literacy/health literacy and have been developed by Jayne Lehmann, Credentialled Diabetes Educator and Registered Nurse, using the Boardmaker Picture Communication software.
Designed by Jayne Lehmann (RN CDE) using the Boardmaker Picture Communication software, these paper based resources are a cost effective teaching resource and take home handout.
Who benefits from using low literacy diabetes handouts?
They are a must-have for Credentialled Diabetes Educator/diabetes educators, nurses in a range of areas including general practice, community health care, prison health services, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services, community nursing, GPs, Royal Flying Doctor services, allied health professionals, aged care and disability support workers.
Who will they help?
Anyone who finds it hard to understand and act on their health information. This includes people with :
- Acquired brain injury
- CALD groups
- Developmental disability
- English as a second language
- Intellectual disability
- Low literacy and numeracy
- Mental health issues
- Stress and anxiety disorders
With over sixty percent of Australians classified as having low health literacy these resources are a must for every general practice, disability or aged care organisation and health professionals working with people with diabetes. That means the majority of Australians are unable to access, understand and use information to promote and maintain their health. If we are to change this and enable more people to take positive action on their health by being actively involved in the management of their chronic health conditions, like diabetes, then we need to use new strategies.