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A study on the perceptions of International Students on health literacy in an Australian University context

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posted on 2023-05-17, 19:17 authored by Yeoh, JSW, Doan, TPT
In recent years, due to the increment in the enrolment number of international students, international students has becomes one of the significant stakeholder in Australian tertiary education institutions. There are many studies about international students’ academic and daily life in Australia. However, there is a little known on health literacy of international students. So, this research investigated international students’ views on of the conceptual and functional aspects health literacy at one university context: the University of Tasmania. It aimed to provide insightful information and guidance not only for current and future international students in Australian universities, but also for various educational services and relevant government agencies to provide more effective support to them. Qualitative research method was used to gauge the breadth and depth of the issue. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with seven participants who were studying in different faculties. Data were analysed using qualitative data analysis software NVivo. Constructivist grounded theory was the basis of data analysis. The findings indicated that culture, education and English proficiency are three main factors influencing international research students’ health literacy. Coping strategies used in improving health literacy are also examined as references for current and prospective international students in the Australian university context.


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