Auburn Hospital Launches the 'Living Wall' - a Multilingual Health Resource

28 Apr 2014

 

Westmead and Auburn Hospital’s Multicultural Health team and Member for Granville, Mr Tony Issa MP, today, officially launched a new resource aimed at improving the health literacy and health outcomes of the Auburn community.

The ‘Living Wall’ is an initiative developed by the Multicultural Health team at Auburn.  Students from the University of Notre Dame, School of Medicine identified key health topics as part of Social Justice Project by consulting with the community and hospital stakeholders.

The initiative is a visual display featuring a series of informative slides aimed at raising awareness about chronic disease and maternity care, and to provide patients with easy access to information about screening and other health services available.

The information has also been translated into five languages including Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Farsi and Turkish.

The ‘Living Wall’ is designed to address barriers experienced by people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities in accessing healthcare.

Western Sydney Local Health District’s, Director of Operations for Westmead and Auburn Hospitals, Rod Gilroy, said, “Improving the health literacy of our community is a priority for staff at Auburn Hospital.

“Having the knowledge about preventative health, and how to access services, empowers our community to make better decisions about their health.

“We hope that providing these translated messages in an easy to understand form will encourage people to get more involved in their healthcare.

“The Living Wall is the first of its kind in WSLHD and we hope that this pilot project at Auburn Hospital will eventually be rolled out in other hospitals across the District and State,” said Mr Gilroy.