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Drop the Jargon

Wed 01, Nov 2017

24 October 2017 was Drop the Jargon Day. It is a day for professionals in Australian health, community services and local government to use plain language.

6 out of 10 of people in Australia have low health literacy.

Many Australians have trouble understanding and using information provided by organisations. They also have trouble navigating complicated systems like healthcare services.

When healthcare professionals, or people in organisations like ours,  use jargon, technical terms or acronyms, it is hard for people with low health literacy to understand and use information.

Our friends at the Health Care Consumers' Association (HCCA) in Canberra have produced this video from the day to urge Doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals to use plain language.

And here is the list of words collected from you - the health consumers - of words, acronyms or phrases you like to see banned.

The Drop the Jargon website with more helpful resources.



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