Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan
Premier Launches The New Aboriginal Interpreting Western Australia Service
Victor P Taffa
- Formerly known as the Kimberley Interpreting Service its new name reflects the statewide service provided
- Launch event marks collaboration with Kimberley hospitals to trial interpreting service
- Premier joined by Chief Justice Wayne Martin and Member for Kimberley Josie Farrer MLA at Kununurra launch
Premier Mark McGowan launched the new Aboriginal Interpreting Western Australia (AIWA) service in Kununurra, today, and welcomed a 6-month trial for increased interpreting services at some Kimberley Hospitals.
“Western Australia has a diverse range of Aboriginal languages and cultures. In fact, Aboriginal Interpreting Western Australia provides an interpreting service in more than 40 Aboriginal languages which is essential given many Aboriginal people in remote areas speak English as their second, third or even fourth language.” Premier Mark McGowan said.
“AIWA accredited interpreters continue to provide essential support to Aboriginal people across Western Australia from Kununurra to the Pilbara, Goldfields, through to the western desert and the South West region through the leadership of the AIWA Board of Directors and Chairpersons and the important work its staff delivers.”
In collaboration with Western Australia Country Health Service, the trial enables AIWA interpreters to be on standby Monday to Friday at Kimberley hospitals to support Aboriginal speaking patients and their families in need of medical attention.
Formerly known as the Kimberley Interpreting Service, the new name reflects the service AIWA and its interpreters provide across Western Australia.
State Government previously committed to $200,000 in funding for the interpreting service to increase its capacity to help Aboriginal people access reliable interpreting services, particularly in the Kimberley region where the need is very high.