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Developing Health Literacy for a Better Tasmania

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Given ABS data indicates that only half of Tasmanians consider themselves to be in excellent or very good health, a focus on health literacy development earlier in life is urgent. Dr Rosie Nash believes that health literacy could be the answer to better health outcomes, less inequity, improved educational attainment, and more productive Tasmanians.

Join Rosie as she takes you on a journey through her 2020 Churchill Fellowship, where she explored whether health literacy is a health, education or community concern. Find out how Tasmania is already leading internationally, and where we have a lot more work to do!

Hosted by Kitty te Riele, Interim Director and Deputy Director (Research) of the Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment.

Complimentary Refreshments
All are welcome to join us for complimentary refreshments from 5.30pm in the foyer. The  event will start at 6.00pm.

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About the Speaker

Dr Rosie Nash is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health in the College of Health and Medicine, a Pharmacist and Regional Editor for the Health Promotion Journal of Australia. She has been recognised as an international leader in child and adolescent health literacy research and is passionate about health promotion and prevention. Rosie is interested in strategies designed to optimise health systems and create opportunities to strengthen our health workforce. Rosie is a generous and authentic leader who is passionate about making a difference in her community.

In 2016, Rosie co-founded HealthLit4Kids, an evidence informed school based program designed to support health literacy development from primary school. Rosie has grown her research team and secured funding in order to provide more children and their communities with the opportunity to develop health literacy assets. This research and our local experience led to the development of HealthLit4Everyone, a social enterprise that aims to improve health literacy outcomes, mitigating health and social inequities for children, families and communities locally and globally through education, consultation and advocacy activities.​ Rosie is CEO of HealthLit4Everyone and is determined to equip more Tasmanians with the asset of health literacy and redress inequity.

Rosie is a 2020 Churchill Fellow who visited England, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Germany, France, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway and the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland to collaborate with international health literacy experts and their networks to explore whether health literacy is a health, community, or education issue. Read Rosie's Churchill Fellowship Report.

Rosie holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours and a PhD from the University of Tasmania.

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