Ep. 5 Health Literacy

Crucial in Community Education

Have you finished a consultation with the feeling your advice wouldn’t be implemented as you had hoped? Perhaps low Health Literacy and communication style might have been one of the barriers to an optimal outcome for your patient?

On Tuesday March 28 at 6pm AEDT, the Sleep Seminar Series webinar will discuss what is health literacy, how can it be measured in clinical practice, the implications for health care resource planning and evidence-based interventions for clinicians and researchers to consider. We will draw from expertise of Dr Mary Boyde, health literacy researcher, who will discuss evidence from her work on Heart Failure chronic disease management. Dr Claire Ellender will give the sleep perspective and outline her collaborations with Dr Boyde, in which the principles of low health literacy intervention have improved CPAP usage for adults with OSA.

Register to attend the webinar here.



Dr Claire Ellender

Dr Claire Ellender BSc MBBS FRACP, is a Respiratory and Sleep specialist at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane. Her areas of research include evaluating health literacy and sleep education materials, integrating telehealth into sleep care, narcolepsy and complex sleep disorder management. Dr Ellender works closely as a conjoint appointed academic within the School of Medicine, University of Queensland at the PA Southside Clinical unit.


Mary Boyle

Dr Mary Boyle

Dr Mary Boyde is a Nurse Researcher in Cardiology at Princess Alexandra Hospital and Chair of Metro South Human Research Ethics Committee. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor with the School of Nursing, Midwifery, and Social Work, University of Queensland and a Clinical Fellow, School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology. Mary has extensive experience in clinical cardiology nursing, undergraduate and post graduate teaching. Her research is focussed on acute and chronic cardiology nursing, improving patient outcomes through non-pharmacological interventions, health literacy and patient education.