Deaf Victoria launched the report from an inquiry into the provision of Auslan Interpreters in Victorian Public Hospitals on Friday 13th June 2013. The inquiry was commenced in August 2013 in response to stories from deaf parents having babies in hospitals where they refuse to provide interpreters during the birth as it costs too much, deaf people having serious health complications and waiting up to two days to get an interpreter to find out critical information about their health from their doctors. It’s sadly commonplace to hear of deaf family members needing to make decisions for elderly relatives, however interpreters are not provided for them because “the patient is not deaf” and deaf parents refused interpreters for antenatal classes after hours. A deaf patient with a series of health complications was provided with an interpreter “sometimes” and as a result, is in chronic pain and treatment delayed again and again due to misunderstandings in communication.
Seventy-two (72) people were captured in this inquiry, and involved a number of hospitals all over Victoria. It is important to note that the intention of this project is not to target health services or interpreting agencies, but to simply gather data from the deaf and hard of hearing communities, interpreters and other users of the service to identify problem areas and work to resolve and ease the issues. The recommendations for change are also noted in the report.
This report has also been sent to the Department of Health, and the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, and we hope to work together with you, and with them, to find a best way forward for all health services and Deaf and hard of hearing Victorians.
You can read the report here.
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Deaf Victoria had held some talks with the National Transport Commission, and also the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission we are calling another forum again, to educate you all on what your rights are as a truck driver.
See the flyer here. This event is open to Deaf and hard of hearing truck drivers, and also anyone interested in learning about thier rights, in accordance to the Equal Opportunity Laws.
Deaf Victoria is announce that we are launching an investigation into Auslan interpreting provision in hospitals in Victoria. We will be working with Aslia Vic and the Victorian Equal Opportunities and Human Rights Commission to identify changes and good outcomes for all. We have informed all Interpreting agencies, hospitals and Deaf service providers of our intentions via an open letter sent on 22nd August 2013 which you can find here.
WE NEED YOUR STORIES!!
Your information will be kept confidential at all times, we will assist you to resolve the issue, and also collect the data to identify areas of change.
Letter from MP Kim Wells, Minister for Police and Emergency Services to let us know that the Firearms Safety Course application form that states that interpreters will not be provided and paid for, is being amended as they recognized that it was in breach of the Equal Opportunity Act and Disability Discrimination Act. Read the response here.
The National Relay Service has delivered, as promised earlier this year, the SMS Relay Service. For more information, see this link on their page: http://relayservice.gov.au/making-a-call/sms-relay/
The SMS Relay number is 0423 677 767. Save it in your phone today!
Recently the addition of "The Victoria Police or Victoria State Government will not under any circumstances be accountable for payment of monies owed for an Interpreter service" to the Victoria Police Firearms Safety Course form was brought to Deaf Victoria's attention. See the form here.
Deaf Victoria wrote to the Chief Commissioner of the Victoria Police and the Minister of Police and Emergency Services to bring this matter to their attention. Read our letter here.
We will keep you updated when we get a response.
The Project, on Channel Ten, aired a segment about the need for an SMS emergency service for Deaf and hard of hearing people in Australia. This prompted the Australian Government to announce that YES, we will have and SMS Emergency service from July 2013.
Read the segment here
Read the announcement from Senator Stephen Conroy here
Read the Media Release from Australian Communications Action Network here