Meet the Editors of Health Literacy & Communication Open
Dr Carissa Bonner is Deputy Director of the Sydney Health Literacy Lab and Health Services Theme Lead at Menzies Centre for Health Policy & Economics, at The University of Sydney.
As a behavioural scientist working in public health, she leads a national program of research on risk communication, decision making and behaviour change, with a focus on disease prevention, including COVID-19, heart disease and diabetes.
She is a scientific advisor to national government and health professional organisations on risk communication and health literacy, including ministerial briefings during COVID-19 and the development of a National Health Literacy Strategy.
She is currently working with the World Health Organization to develop a global science translation framework in response to COVID-19.
Dr Danielle Muscat is a Senior Research Fellow and Westmead Lead of the Sydney Health Literacy Lab at the University of Sydney.
Her work is focused on improving health literacy among socially disadvantaged groups to empower them to be active participants in decisions about their health.
Dr Muscat currently holds a highly-competitive Westmead Fellowship (Early Career Researcher) funded by Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) and is the Director of Research of the WSLHD Health Literacy Hub.
Her strong international profile in health literacy is demonstrated by her appointment in 2019 as an Advisor on Health Literacy to the World Health Organization, and her appointment to the International Health Literacy Association’s Research Standards Committee in 2021.
Health Literacy and Communication Open provides a forum to advance international understanding of effective education and innovation in all areas of health communication, from mass media campaigns to face to face medical consultations.
We are interested in research that explores how to build health literacy-responsive communication systems, and new methods to engage consumers as partners and leverage community strengths in health communication.
We strongly encourage a consumer-focused approach to research, including:
Consumer involvement in research
Provision of plain language summaries for research documents and findings
Use of codesign approaches with end user communities
The measurement of health literacy to ensure that health interventions do not widen health inequalities
The journal welcomes submissions in all areas of health literacy and communication, with a special interest in: