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Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Information

National Auslan Interpreter Booking and Payment Service (NABS) provides interpreters FREE of Charge to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sign Language Users.  This FREE service is provided for both public and private health care appointments. 

You can also book an interpreter through NABS if you are a Deaf adult and a hearing child or a hearing adult and a Deaf child attending a health care appointment.

Deaf Interpreting (DI)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are multilingual and multicultural.  

Deaf Interpreters work with Deaf consumers who have additional or unique communication needs, are Deafblind or are Indigenous Deaf people.  Deaf Interpreters work with hearing Interpreters to enable communication. For many social, cultural or medical reasons some Deaf consumers have extra communication needs.  Some examples are developmental delays; serious illness that may affect clear signing; limited exposure to English and/or Auslan; Deaf Indigenous Sign dialects/tactile sign language.

Visit the ASLIA website for more information on Deaf Interpreting 

Community Contact Person

Do you know a member of your family or community who would like to help NABS know about your community’s unique cultural and linguistic needs when we visit?  If you know someone who would be a good contact person please email NABS and NABS will contact you or the interested person to find out more.

Websites

Below are links to some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and related information that you may want to know.

Disability Discrimination Act 1992

Health Complaints Commissioner in your State or Territory

Australian Human Rights Commission – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice

Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing – Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH)

Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People Immunisation and Vaccination Program

Australian Indigenous Health InfoNet

Australian Indigenous Health InfoNet - Key Resources

Medicare Indigenous Health

 

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