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FROM THE COMMONWEALTH 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 Community Health Program funding of $15 000

to employ two Aboriginal interpreters in the Northern

Territory during the current financial year.

The Commonwealth contribution is on the basis of

75 per cent funding, and is being matched by a 25 per cent

contribution from the Northern Territory.

The Health Interpreter/Translator Scheme was initiated

in 1979 when the Commonwealth Government committed $2.4 million

to the States and the Northern Territory to employ additional

health interpreters and translators over a three-year period.

The scheme is currently in its second year of operation.

Mr" MacKellar said the interpreters were based at the

Darwin and Alice Springs hospitals to help overcome communi­

cation difficulties encountered by Aboriginals. Each

interpreter was part of a health care team, and possessed

a basic knowledge of health matters, an ability to establish

effective communications between the client and health

professional, and an understanding of the client's cultural

background.

CANBERRA: 3 February 1981