Professor Ilona Kickbusch, Adelaide Thinker in residence 2007, notes that Australians are surrounded by health information and misinformation in all forms of media. She suggests citizens need to increase their health literacy to increase their control over their own health. Health information seeking is part of health literacy and self-management of chronic diseases, such as arthritis. The Internet is a popular source of public health information. This paper firstly looks at publicly available Internet information on glucosamine, a dietary supplement considered helpful for arthritis. It then reports on some research in South Australia which examines individual uptake of this information and makessuggestions about improving the health literacy of those accessing websites.
University Lecturer, Division of Education, Arts and Social Science, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia