28 February 2019

The NSW Mental Health Commission welcomes the recent announcement of the Health Literacy Initiative which aims to improve health literacy and ultimately outcomes for people with lived experience of mental health issues and caring. 

Health literacy is how people understand information about health and healthcare and how they apply that information to their lives, use it to make decisions and act on it. Low health literacy of both the people receiving services and supports, and the staff providing the care, can stop individuals and families getting the timely help they need.  

Funded under the Federal Government’s Health Innovation Fund, the Health Literacy Initiative focusses on helping staff to better understand the range of health challenges a person with lived experience of mental health issues and caring may face and where to refer them for help. It aims to improve organisational systems and processes to make way-finding through the service system much easier.  

NSW Mental Health Commissioner Catherine Lourey says, “This initiative has great potential to reduce stigma and discrimination and increase the opportunities people with lived experience of mental health issues have to more equitable access to physical health care and empower them in their recovery journey.” 

“I am so pleased that the Commission is leading this innovative initiative that will target a range of workforces and organisations in primary and specialist health and social support settings. We will be collaborating with key partners to deliver this initiative over the next few years to support mental health reform in NSW.” 

Funding for the Health Literacy Initiative has been provided until 30 June 2021. 

Please subscribe to the NSW Mental Health Commission Update newsletter if you would like more information about project team roles soon to be advertised.  

Find more information on the state-wide Health Literacy Initiative on the NSW Health website.  

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Last updated: 28 February 2019