WA Premier Mark McGowan launched the new Aboriginal Interpreting WA (AIWA) service in Kununurra, and welcomed a six-month trial for increased interpreting services at some Kimberley Hospitals.
In collaboration with WA 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.
The WA 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.
Source: WA Government