News & Media

29 September 2015

Auslan services available in Gippsland

For the 111 known people in Gippsland who communicate using sign language, conveying their needs or wants as part of everyday life can be a challenge.

Auslan services available in Gippsland

For the 111 known people in Gippsland who communicate using sign language, conveying their needs or wants as part of everyday life can be a challenge.

Attending a job interview, medical appointment, or training course becomes more complex when a deaf or hearing impaired person needs to communicate with a person who doesn’t sign.

An Australian sign language (Auslan) interpreter can bridge the gap for deaf and hard of hearing people. In Gippsland, this service is available through Latrobe Community Health Service.

“In situations where it’s especially important for a deaf person to understand what’s going on, like if they need emergency medical help, an interpreter’s service is invaluable,” said Vince Massaro, Executive Director Aged, Assessment and Disability Services.

“English, which most of us use as a first language, can be a second language for some Auslan users. This creates a barrier to communication, which we can help overcome.”

Mr Massaro said in addition to one-on-one sessions, Auslan interpreters could also help make community events more meaningful and inclusive for people who sign. Services or businesses that wish to communicate with a deaf person can also use this service.

For more information about the Auslan service at Latrobe Community Health Service, visit or phone 1800 242 696.

Teletypewriters (TTY) users can phone 1800 555 677 then ask for 1800 242 696. Speak and Listen users can phone 1800 555 727 then ask for 1800 242 696.