25/07/2008: Additional material Main Features, Explanatory Notes and Data Cubes were released.
ABOUT THIS REPORT
This report examines health literacy using information from the 2006 Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (ALLS). The ALLS provides information on the knowledge and skills of 15 to 74 year olds in the following four domains: prose literacy, document literacy, numeracy and problem solving. A fifth domain measuring health literacy was produced as a by-product of the above domains. Health literacy is the main focus of this report.
The Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing provided funding for the calculation of the health literacy scale.
Data Cubes in spreadsheet format will supplement this publication, and will be available on the ABS web site <http//www.abs.gov.au> at a later date.
As estimates have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between the sums of the component items and totals.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.