Outline how improved health literacy can positively affect the lives of people and sustainability of health care systems.

Word limit: 2,500
Value (+/- 10%). ( minimum 2250 – 2750 maximum)


Improved health literacy and better coordination of care are crucial elements of successful preventive health care plans. There is growing evidence that greater involvement of nurses and midwives in preventative health care is essential to improving peoples’ overall health and making health care systems sustainable into the future.

This assessment task requires you to explore health education from the perspective of a patient who has osteoarthritis and to identify the key elements of an educative care plan.

Case Scenario

Irim is a 31-year-old nurse. She has suffered from knee pain in both legs for several years making it difficult for her to perform some of the everyday care activities in a busy paediatric ward where she works. Irim saw an orthopaedic surgeon who diagnosed osteoarthritis and advised her on two possible care pathways: (1) to lose some weight (Irim’s BMI was 31), or (2) to have a double knee replacement at some point in the future. Choosing to explore option 1 first, Irim returned to her general practitioner and primary health care nurse requesting a care plan.

Details of the Assessment Task:

Headings and subheadings should be used as shown in the Overview of the Assessment. For example: Introduction; Prevention in health care and the role of nurses and midwives; Health literacy; Osteoarthritis and an educative care plan; Conclusion.

Introduction (approx. 200 words)
Introduce the topic and outline the aims and key elements of the paper. Includes signposting. Creates interest.

Introduction must Clearly and comprehensively introduces the topic, outlines the aims, and explains key elements of the paper. Clear signposting throughout. Creates very high interest.

Prevention in health care and the role of nurses and midwives (approx. 300 words)
Discuss the role of the nurse (or midwife) in preventative health care as outlined in the Registered Nurse standards for practice (2016) or National competency standards of the Midwife (2006).
This part must be Clear and comprehensive discussion on the role of the nurse or the midwife in preventive health care according to the standards.

Health literacy (approx. 600 words)
Define health literacy and discuss the factors that can influence a person’s level of health literacy.

Outline how improved health literacy can positively affect the lives of people and sustainability of health care systems.

This part must have accurate, comprehensive definition of health literacy and the factors that influence a person’s health literacy.

The below reference has a good definition of health literacy but try to get better one

World Health Organisation (2010). Track 2: Health Literacy and health behaviour. Retrieved from www.who.int

Osteoarthritis and an educative care plan (approx. 1300 words)
This part must have accurate, comprehensive overview of osteoarthritis. Accurate, comprehensive discussion of the environmental considerations for effective education in the clinical setting, principles of adult learning theory, and use of evidence based materials.

Osteoarthritis (approx. 200 words)
Provide a brief overview to osteoarthritis, including definition, prevalence and burden of the disease, co- morbidities and cost to the Australian community.

Educative care plan (approx. 1100 words)
Outline the environmental considerations for effective education in the clinical setting as well as the principles of adult learning theory that you would take into consideration when planning to deliver Irim’s health education.

Introduce the key elements of the education plan (e.g. face-to-face teaching strategy, patient information factsheets, websites etc.). Here you need to discuss the evidence base of these key elements, recommended resources, as well as the other health professionals who may be included in Irim’s plan.

Conclusion (approx. 100 words)
The conclusion must accurately and clearly summarizes the main points of the assessment task. Leaves the reader with a clear final impression of its significance.

Link back to the introduction and restate the main aim of your assessment task.

Summarize the main points of your assessment task.

Leave the reader with a final impression of the effectiveness of health education and health promotion (i.e. does it work? Why does it work?). This may include implications for nursing or midwifery practice.

Never introduce new information in the conclusion. References are not usually included in the conclusion.

Information is informed by scholarly peer-reviewed articles, references are skillfully placed/integrated into the narrative demonstrates critical appraisal of sources and conforms to APA 6ed. referencing style.

Evidence of wide reading. Appropriate selection and evidence, 15., ≤7 years. Refs. are skillfully placed/integrated throughout. Critical appraisal, skillful paraphrasing of sources is evident. Adheres to APA 6th ed. referencing style with no errors in in-text citations or refs. Provide DOI and links to the sources so it can be access.

All references must be Australian sources.


The following interview with a world-renowned Australian specialist in osteoarthritis highlights the importance of health education for prevention and management in this health context. Please listen to this interview before you start writing this assessment task.

ABC RN – Interview with Professor David Hunter – Osteoarthritis


The assignment should remain within the word limit (+/- 10%). If the assessment item exceeds the +10% allowance the additional content will not be read by the academic assessing the work (excludes tables, appendices, reference list or bibliography, figures and legends)

Presentation Requirements:

The header must include (a) student’s university student ID number and (b) the unit code.
The footer must contain (a) assignment number, (b) page number and (c) date of submission.
Use A4 format only; use 11 or 12 font Arial or Times New Roman.
Use 2.5cm margins on each side of the page with double line spacing between lines.
You are required to use APA (American Psychological Association)
Write within the suggested word count. The word count includes in-text citations and in-text references.
Include the total word count after the Conclusion and before the Reference List.
Academic writing: Demonstrates use of academic writing principles, discipline specific language and formal tone. Meaning is consistently clear. Appropriate language and academic tone consistently presented. No errors in grammar, syntax or spelling. Structure is consistently clear and organized throughout.


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