Signs for Health provides information for Victorian hospital staff to assist with providing safe, high-quality healthcare for patients who are deaf, hard of hearing or deafblind. This includes information on providing Auslan interpreters and other communication supports for patients who are deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind as well as information about associated legal obligations. It also provides information for patients who are deaf, hard of hearing or deafblind on their rights to an interpreter when they go to hospital.
In 2014, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission conducted consultations with hospital staff from five Victorian hospitals and with Auslan interpreters. The consultations showed varying levels of awareness among staff about providing Auslan interpreters and the needs of patients who are deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind. Many wanted to know more about working with Auslan interpreters, their legal obligations and available technologies to assist with communicating with patients who are deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind.
More information about the project, including the project recommendations, is provided on the Commission’s main website.
Project Reference Group
Signs for Health is led by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (the Commission) with the assistance of a Project Reference Group.
The Commission would like to thank the members of the Project Reference Group:
- Department of Health and Human Services
- Deaf Victoria
- Bendigo Health
- Royal Women's Hospital
The Commission would also like to thank the Commission’s Disability Reference Group, members of the deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind communites, Australian Sign Language Interpreters Association ASLIA Victoria, and all hospital staff who generously gave their time during consultations for the project.