AOD Health Literacy

“Coming to Terms”


Health literacy refers to how people understand information about health and healthcare and use this to make decisions about their care. “Coming to Terms” explores the use of clinical language by health professionals in the AOD sector and how interpretation and comprehension can impact upon healthcare outcomes for our clients.

Tools and resources

  • Addictionary

    This resource contains a range of definitions of common clinical terms in the alcohol and drug sector and suggested ways that they can be explained to clients.

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  • Slang List

    A guide to Queensland drug slang put together by Dovetail with suggestions from the Youth AOD Sector.

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  • Acronym List

    A handy guide for "Queensland AOD Acronyms and Abbreviations" put together by the team at Dovetail.

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  • Waiting Room Display Slides Template

    A downloadable PowerPoint presentation that can be locally adapted for display in AOD client waiting rooms across Queensland.

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Thank you

The Coming to Terms Project is based at Insight and was funded by the Mental Health Alcohol and Drug Statewide Clinical Network. The Project was developed with involvement from statewide public health alcohol and drug services, key external partners and clients from Alcohol and Drug services in Queensland whose contribution was key to the success of this project.