A smiling woman with dark straight hair and wearing a mustard coloured blouse holds a tablet. Behind her is a Venetian blind. Working in the image reads: Your Health in Your Hands: Learn to manage your health and wellbeing online

Digital health literacy skills are critical to ensuring every Australian has the ability to make informed, confident choices when it comes to supporting their health and wellbeing online. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown just how important it is for all Australians to have equal access to online health services and information.

With more and more health services being offered digitally, helping people build basic skills and confidence online opens up options such as seeing a doctor or specialist via telehealth, accessing mental health support, filling prescriptions remotely and being in control of your own health information.

Your Health in Your Hands is a digital health literacy program delivered by Good Things Foundation Australia in partnership with the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA). The program is designed to improve people’s uptake and confidence using My Health Record, supporting them to gain the essential digital skills and confidence to manage their health and wellbeing.

Digital Health Webinar Series

Until end-October Good Things Foundation will be hosting a series of free digital health webinars open to people of all ages across Australia, as well as a number of interactive, virtual group support sessions. The webinar series will also include specific sessions for older Australians, carers and aged care staff in regional, remote and rural communities.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • How digital health can make your life easier
  • How My Health Record puts you in control of your health information
  • Everything you need to know about e-prescriptions
  • Practical tips for finding reliable health information online.

You can find the full webinar schedule and sign-up form on the ALIA website.

This training is an ideal professional development for library staff who missed out on the training provided by PLV in 2020-21 and would like to learn more to support library patrons.

You can also alert library patrons to the Your Health in Your Hands webinars.

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