Parents and carers can ask NABS to book an interpreter for private health care appointments for their children aged 0 to 18 years old.
NABS can accept a booking for an appointment from a young adult 16 years of age and over.
Bookings received from young adults under the age of 16 will not be processed unless confirmed by a third party (e.g. parent/carer or service).
NABS services are available for:
Hearing parents/carers who have a Deaf child who uses sign language
Deaf parents/carers who have a Deaf child who uses sign language
Deaf parents/carers who have a hearing child
NABS accepts bookings from:
The child's parent
The child's primary carer (who has legal responsibility) such as a foster parent or member of their extended family
A medical or health care professional or their staff
When booking, tell NABS what sign language (such as Auslan) is best for you and your child. You will only have to do this once.
NABS will ask you to provide date of birth details.
NABS will make every effort to provide an interpreter with a Working with Children Card if requested. If NABS is unable to find an interpreter to meet the needs of your request, NABS will consult with you to ensure the best possible outcome for you and your child/ren.
NABS and NABS interpreters are not responsible for what the medical or health care provider tells you. The interpreter's role is to be a communication facilitator for each person at the medical or health care appointment.
NABS interpreters will only attend appointments if the child is accompanied by a parent or carer who has legal responsibility for the child.
Responsibility for the child's safety and wellbeing before, during and after a medical or health care appointment lies with the child's primary care giver and health care provider.
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