31 March 2016
Caroline Smith will be drawing on her previous small scale study that
identified knowledge gaps and skills amongst older people when understanding
different information sources and evidence available regarding complementary
medicine for her new health literacy study supported by IRT Foundation.
"With 58 per cent of people aged over 65 years turning to complementary
medicines to maintain their health, manage their ill health, improve their
quality of life, and supplement their conventional healthcare plan, health
literacy and education is crucial when making informed and appropriate
self-care decisions and better use of complementary medicines," said Professor
"My team and I are grateful for IRT Foundation's support and look forward
to sharing our findings with the Australian public," she said.
The study will take
between 12 and 18 months to complete.