LS-M1 - Empowering pharmacy-based self-care with health literacy

Auditorium CAIXA

This session will be streamed live

Supported by Reckitt


Dr Sham Moodley (FIP Pharmacy Section, South Africa)


Health literacy is key to empowering pharmacy-based self-care, especially when it comes to the management of minor ailments and the use of over-counter-medicines. To make progress and improve health outcomes through self-care, we must understand the main areas where pharmacy has a role to play in improving health literacy. We must also learn about the different approaches that can be taken to address low health literacy. Across each of these areas we could explore approaches for health literacy; as well as key factors and considerations for enabling self-care.


12:45 – 12:50                        Introduction by the chair 

12:50 – 13:05



13.05 – 13.20


Understanding the influences of health literacy to optimise over-the-counter medicines use
Prof. Parisa Aslani, Faculty of Medicines and Health, University of Sydney, Australia and FIP Vice President

Pharmacy-based opportunities and solutions to improving health literacy in practice
Prof. Tracey Thornley, Honorary Professor of Pharmacy Practice, University of Nottingham, UK


13:20- 13:50


Panel discussion and Q&A with chai, speakers and panellists below to identify local issues of global relevance

Mr. Johannes Hattingh, President, Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa, South Africa
Ms. Leonila Ocampo, President, Philippine Pharmacists Association, Philippines
Mr. Jaypal Reddy Thumma, Director, Indian Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, India
Ms. Samira Shammas, Member, Jordan Pharmacist Association and FIP Vice President, Jordan
Mr Jack Shen Lim, Member, Malaysian Pharmacists Society, Malaysia

13:50 – 13:55  

Dr Catherine Duggan, FIP CEO

13:55 – 14:00


Conclusions by the chair and session close

Learning Objectives

  1. To describe health literacy and how it influences medicines use and self-care
  2. To identify opportunities and solutions for improving health literacy in the pharmacy
  3. To understand different approaches for improving health literacy levels
  4. To discuss how local needs for health literacy improvement differ across the globe
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