Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
Additional interpreters/translators in health services



Download PDFDownload PDF

PRESS STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER FOR HEALTH, THE HON. M.J.R. MacKELLAR

ADDITIONAL INTERPRETERS/TRANSLATORS IN HEALTH SERVICES

The Minister for Health, the Hon. Michael MacKellar,

approved today the Community Health Program funding of

additional interpreters/translators in Health Services in

Western Australia.

The funding is part of the Commonwealth Government's

commitment of $2.4 million to the States and the Northern

Territory for this purpose over a period of three years.

Mr MacKellar said that by accepting the Commonwealth's

offer of 100% funding until June 30 1980, an additional two

interpreters/translators, would be employed in Western Australia

at a cost of $18,000. Commonwealth funding for the following

two years would be at the 75% level.

He said the health interpreters/translators would

work within the various health services to help overcome

communication difficulties encountered by migrants and Aboriginals

Each health interpreter/translator would be part of the health

care team, and would possess a basic knowledge of health matters,

an ability to establish effective communications between the

client and health professional, and an understanding of the client

cultural background. .

CANBERRA: 5 March 1980