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Associate Professor Jemina Napier - Excellence in External Research Partnership

MEDICAL SIGNBANK: SIGN LANGUAGE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT IN INTERPRETER-MEDICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH CARE DELIVERY FOR DEAF AUSTRALIANS
Department of Linguistics

Length: 1:35 minutes

The aim of the Medical Signbank project was to establish an effective, shared and standardized sign language vocabulary for the discussion of medical issues by deaf patients and health professionals—mediated through Australian Sign Language (Auslan) interpreters—to improve the health outcomes of this socially and economically disadvantaged group of people. The Medical Signbank is an interactive internet-based lexicon and encyclopaedic dictionary. The linguistic research and resources built into Medical Signbank realises the objective of standardizing Auslan medical terminology, thereby improving health professional-deaf patient communication and will ultimately results in improvements in the physical and mental health of deaf people.