The Princess Alexandra Hospital community has come together to celebrate Chinese New Year with a traditional dragon dance performed by the hospital’s volunteers.
PA Hospital’s Interpreter Services Manager, Karen Payne, says the Chinese community is an important part of the hospital.
“At PA, year on year our Mandarin and Cantonese interpreters are in high demand because Chinese speakers account for a big part of our local community and so it follows, they represent a large portion of our patient cohort,” she said.
Metro South Health remains the largest user of Interpreter Services in Queensland and continues to grow year on year.
“The Metro South Health region is one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse areas in the state with close to 30 per cent of the population born overseas,” said Karen.
As the largest provider of patient services in Metro South Health, PAH is always looking at ways to remove barriers for multicultural members of the community to access healthcare.
“Whether in an emergency situation, planning admission or obtaining consent for treatment, it is critical for an interpreter to be available for those in need,” Ms Payne said.
“We aim to make the journey easier, regardless of background.”
PAH’s top 10 languages for 2019/20 are: Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Arabic, Spanish, Korean, Persian/Farsi, Auslan, Serbian, Samoan.