The Auslan Company has been contacted by the paramedics, nurses and aged care workers largest training provider to create a series of healthcare videos in Auslan for frontline staff teaching Auslan, Deaf Awareness and communication strategies in situations where the patient or family member is Deaf or hard of hearing.
We are super excited to be part of an amazing project and will be meeting the training provider on Friday.
Myself and many deaf people and families have been both a patient of the hospital system or are deaf family members of a hearing person who has been attended to by paramedics or been in hospital.
I need your help to tell me the good and bad communication issues you have had (as a Deaf / HoH person) whether as patient or family member and tell me your story so l can create the training content that overcome issues you have had in the past.
The aim is to create videos that train paramedics, doctors, nurses, aged care workers to identify a deaf patient and how to overcome all communication issues in a traumatic situation and later in the hospital wards.
I want to hear your story. Can you help? Please email me at - email@example.com or post a video or comment on this page.
Medical staff should not assume that just because staff can understand the deaf person (who may have a clear speaking voice) that the deaf person can understand staff in the same way. Some deaf people speak clearly but still need an interpreter to understand what is being said to them.
It might be worth contacting Auslan Journey - Interpreters , Courses & Educational Resources I think Gail may have some information in regards to hospital experiences
I’d love for them to have sets of visuals at Monash Children’s Hospital to show children what they’re about to do, take temperature, take blood pressure, medication time, I had to have resources and be an advocate constantly. Also having to tell people over and over again that my daughter couldn’t hear them, no she can’t lip read was exhausting.
Hope it's Ausmed
Darren is this part of our AV campaign?
I’m keen!!! That’s the main reason why I decided to study my degree (recently graduated)and now a Registered Nurse. I’m slowly trying to gain some experience..being Deaf/hard of hearing is challenging, however I’m fluent in Auslan..pls contact me if interested..I was in my final year of my University placement when covid began
I have moderate to severe bilateral sensorineural hearing loss, my first suggestion is, please put on the front of a deaf person's file that they are deaf, I sat in emergency for hours one night because noone was allowed in with me, I approached the admin staff to ask how much longer I had to wait only to be told they had called my name several times but I didn't answer, I wrote down that I am deaf so how am I suppose to hear my name being called. It's very frustrating for a deaf person 🥺
Taking a hoh person to the hospital to check in and the staff talking to me and asking me the questions instead of the patient I was caring for. Super embarrassing for me and very disempowering for the patient.
I am deaf in one ear and severe loss in the other. I wear a hearing aid in the ear that (kind of) works. When in hospital I take the aid out, as all of the beeping and noise gets too much.
I also have long (ish ) hair and will occasionally put my hearing aid back in but it can’t be seen because of my hair. I do it on purpose to hear what the staff are saying. I do it because when they think I cannot hear them, they are often standing next to me and talking about me (not in a good way).
It has happened a few times. This really is not on, just because someone cannot hear you, doesn't mean you should be nasty about them. Maybe something to slip in there somehow?
Also, when I end up in hospital, be it ER or ward, I tell them constantly that I am mostly deaf and am not wearing the hearing aid because of the beeping ect. They still don’t communicate this to others and every person will come in and stand behind me and start talking, which I only realize once they get annoyed and snap and I see them looking irritated. That and masks. I tell them I cannot hear and need to lip read, so they keep talking and don’t lower masks, it makes it so hard.
Was this the kind of things you meant? If not, sorry about the long comment. If so, hope it helps 😊 and congrats on the big project!
Yes!!! As a nurse, I look forward to this, thank you!! 🙌🏼🙌🏼
I am profoundly deaf bilaterally and wear hearing aids which only help if there is no background noise. I mostly rely on lip reading.
My dr will remove his mask to speak to me, while keeping his distance.
On the other hand most health care professionals think speaking louder helps. It doesn’t. I can’t understand people behind me. Please remove your mask, face me, speak clearly without covering your mouth or write the information down (pen and paper, type on phone, etc). Don’t assume I am fluent in Auslan. Having lost my hearing slowly over years, Auslan was not given as an option. And because I lost my hearing after acquiring speech, I don’t “sound deaf”. Listen to the patient or their family and communicate in the best way they understand. If that means organising an interpreter, do so promptly.
Hi Darren, no advice but can I would love to see this also shared to fire brigades! I know alot of people at our station have shown an interest in learning basic auslan and I would love to help you get this to the CFA.
Good luck with this 👍
I would be of interest and share in private. If we could arrange a time to set up a video call. One of your colleagues had contacted me about this.
As a Coda: if the deaf person asks for an interpreter, book one immediately. Do NOT expect the patient’s family to interpret for them as this is unethical for medical staff and traumatic for the family. Book an interpreter immediately - it can take hours (or longer) to get an interpreter so if staff delay booking, it can mean a deaf patient waiting a lot longer for medical care than a hearing patient, leading to potentially serious health outcomes.
Assistance dog kicked out because youre not blind. Repeatedly. Assistance Animal Federation of Australia - AAFA is a good resource also for Deaf/HoH ADs
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This is a FREE event, however bookings are required.
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As an all inclusive event, Auslan interpreters will be on stage at the 12pm Storytime session 📖👨👩👧👧 There will be a big screen in the theatre broadcasting the Auslan interpreter from the stage. If you require seating closer to the stage please get in contact with the Frankston Arts Centre:
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