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Deaf Community Can Breathe Easy

Posted by Communications@NABS on 17 April 2013
Deaf Community Can Breathe Easy
The National Auslan Interpreter Booking and Payment Service (NABS) and the Asthma Foundation will for the first time be working together to give an educational presentation about Asthma to the Deaf Community. The free presentation will be held at the Logan Central Library on the 8th of May between 1pm and 3pm.

Asthma affects a large percentage of the Deaf Community. The Deaf Community can’t always access the relevant information they need to be educated about important health issues. With the help of a NABS Auslan Interpreter, the Deaf Community will now have the opportunity to access this information.

NABS General Manager, Keri Gilbert says “NABS is extremely pleased to be working with the Asthma Foundation on this project and it is to their credit that they are keen to be a leader in making Health Prevention information accessible to the Deaf community.”

The free presentation will cover signs to watch for Asthma, medication used by Asthma sufferers, how to take them properly and what to do if someone is having asthma attack. These are important topics for the Deaf Community who may not necessarily have been educated in the past on these focus areas.

Keri hopes to stress the importance of Health Care Education to the Deaf Community. She says “Information of this kind can be life saving so it is vital that Deaf people have the same easy access to information as do hearing families.”

NABS also provides interpreters free to all private medical appointments for Deaf people. Their service has been running for over seven years enabling the Deaf Community all over Australia to access Health Care with the aid of an Auslan Interpreter.

“We look forward to working with other peak health organisations in a similar way to make information accessible and ease the demand made on GP appointments for the purpose of gaining information that should be otherwise available,” says Keri.

The free presentation is a great opportunity for the Deaf Community to ask questions and truly understand the basic facts about Asthma.

Please note:
NABS does not claim that access to Health Prevention information takes the place of a Doctor’s consultation. Anyone with concerns should see their Doctor immediately

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