Communicating with non-English speaking clients

Interpreting Wellington and Public Health invite you to a special workshop on how to use interpreters in a clinical context, in order to meet the requirements of human rights and sign language legislation. This workshop is one of a series offered under the Regional Action Plan for Refugee Health and Well-Being.

Come and join us for a varied programme including an interpreting demonstration and interaction with your colleagues. We will help you identify the risks of using clients’ family and friends as BYO interpreters, and will give you some tools for working with interpreters to get the best possible communications with your clients.

This workshop is suitable for anyone working with refugee patients (clinical and non-clinical staff). Registration is free. Morning tea is provided. For a registration form and to assist with catering, please RSVP 1 week prior to: 

Wednesday 15/03/2023Training Centre Room A, Wairarapa Hospital, Masterton9.30am – 12.30pm
Thursday 15/06/2023Hutt Hospital, Learning Centre Auditorium, Lower Hutt9.00am – 12.00pm
Tuesday 29/08/2023Education Centre Horne Lecture Theatre, Level 12 (M) WSB, Wellington9.00am – 12.00pm

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Introduction to Public Health Nursing in New Zealand

Public Health & Whitireia have put together ‘Introduction to Public Health Nursing in New Zealand’ - a FREE eLearning course able to be done in participants’ own time.

Available now, the course explores prevention, health determinants, national and international strategies that unpack public health nurses’ role and the Public Health Knowledge and Skills Framework.

The course will initially be available to Ko Awatea LEARN users before being rolled out to other hospitals through their eLearning systems.

Log into Ko Awatea LEARN to get started here.

We would like to acknowledge the following contributors to the course:

  • Tessa-Jane Dennes, Team Leader, Public Health
  • Leaha North, Child Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Public Health
  • Liz Read, Nurse Manager Child Health Team, Hawke's Bay District
  • Linda St. George, Clinical Nurse Educator, Child Health Team, Hawke's Bay District
  • Karen Cardno, Public Health Nurse Coordinator, Child Health Team, Hawke's Bay District
  • Laurie Mahoney, Public Health Nurse Te Punaka Oraka, Southern District, and Senior Lecturer Otago Polytechnic
  • Kere Bennett, Public Health Nurse, Public Health
  • Rhonda Mikoz, Public Health Nurse, Canterbury District
  • Dr Elizabeth Asbury, Academic Project Manager Faculty of Health, Whitireia New Zealand
  • Georgina Orsborn, Senior Nursing Lecturer and eLearning developer, Whitireia New Zealand.
Last updated 15 February 2023.