We believe a range of dietary factors may influence human health. We will investigate how geographic, temporal, social and ethnic variations influence nutrient intake, health and disease.
Our vision is to develop a coordinated research strategy to provide evidence-based solutions to improve chronic disease outcomes for lower literacy adults. These solutions are designed to support health in developed and low and middle-income countries as well as Indigenous and migrant populations.
Our research in health literacy includes:
Obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease require people to make long-term changes to their lifestyle and become actively involved in their own healthcare. While there’s a large body of research showing there’s a relationship between lower health literacy and poor health outcomes, there’s been a lack of high-quality research to guide strategies to reduce its impact on health.
We develop and test sustainable interventions for use in complex health, education and social systems to reduce the impact of poor health literacy on health outcomes. Our researchers come from diverse disciplines, including public health, psychology, education, pharmacy, Indigenous health, medicine, media, and communications.
Our research will target national and international health priorities in chronic disease including Indigenous, Torres Strait Islander and migrant communities. Our work will take potential solutions for improving health literacy and test them rigorously so we can inform policy decisions.