4364.0.55.014 - National Health Survey: Health Literacy, 2018  
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Ability to actively manage health (Domain 3)

This health literacy domain looks at how proactively people engage in their own care and make their own decisions about their health. It seeks to measure whether people feel they are able to take responsibility for managing their own health.

The following items were used to assess this domain[1]:
    • I spend quite a lot of time actively managing my health.
    • I make plans for what I need to do to be healthy.
    • Despite other things in my life I make time to be healthy.
    • I set my own goals about health and fitness.
    • There are things that I do regularly to make myself more healthy.

Selected findings for this domain are provided below:
    • Overall 18% of people strongly agreed that they could actively manage their health, and 73% agreed. 9% of people disagreed or strongly disagreed that they could actively manage their health.
    • People who considered themselves to be in excellent health were more likely to strongly agree that they could actively manage their health (34%), compared with 11% who considered their health to be good and 9% of people who considered their health to be fair or poor.

Graph Image for Ability to actively manage my health by self-assessed health status

Source(s): Health Literacy Survey, 2018

    • People who did not report a long-term health condition were more likely to strongly agree that they could actively manage their health (21%), compared with 12% of people who had three or more long-term health conditions.
    • 21% of people with a non-school qualification strongly agreed that they could actively manage their health, compared with 15% of people without a non-school qualification.
    • Couple-only families were more likely to strongly agree (20%) that they could actively manage their health, than people living alone (15%).
    • 21% of people who had never smoked strongly agreed that they could actively manage their health compared with 9% of those who smoked daily.

Endnote


1 The Health Literacy Questionnaire (HLQ). Copyright 2014 Deakin University. Authors: Richard H Osborne, Rachelle Buchbinder, Roy Batterham, Gerald R Elsworth. No part of the HLQ can be reproduced, copied, altered or translated without the permission of the authors. Further information: rosborne@swin.edu.au.