A healthy focus on Cross-cultural communication

The Aboriginal Interpreter service will partner with the Menzies School of Health Research and Charles Darwin University to host a symposium on the importance of cross-cultural communication and Aboriginal health care. The symposium is being held in Darwin on November 21.

The significance of the use interpreters in the health care system will be highlighted in an event being held at the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin this month.

The Aboriginal Interpreter Service, together with the Menzies School of Health Research and Charles Darwin University will host the ‘Indigenous Languages and Health Communication Symposium’ on Thursday 21 November.

The event aims to promote the use of interpreters and highlight the importance of cross-cultural communication in health care.

AIS trainer Mandy Ahmat said it will provide a valuable pathway to understanding needs in the Northern Territory’s health system.

“The demand for Aboriginal interpreters in hospitals throughout the NT is high – they are an extremely valuable asset,” she said.

“This symposium is about working out how we can get the most value out of  interpreters and collaborating with the health industry to discover how they can be best utilised.”

Presenters will include researchers and academics, health professionals, AIS trainers and interpreters.

There will also be panel discussions with interpreters, role plays, and an update on current projects at the hospital.

Registrations are free, but essential.

Register your interest here.

A healthy focus on Cross-cultural communication
Labi Gumbula is one of the many interpreters who helps out at the Royal Darwin Hospital, making sure important messaging is communicated clearly in language.

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