Deaf Aotearoa is pleased to announce that the Ministry of Health will again be funding a number of Deaf awareness workshops for health professionals this year.

Our Think.Deaf.Discover workshops cover topics such as the Deaf community and their culture, effective communication strategies, an introduction to New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) including signs which are relevant to the health sector, how to work with NZSL interpreters and suggestions on how to make your work environment more accessible and Deaf-friendly. These workshops are led by a Deaf tutor because we believe this ensures the best learning experience and environment for our fun and interactive workshop.

Each participant is provided with a folder containing information sheets, NZSL vocabulary sheets, a booklet of 25 signs appropriate for medical situations and a certificate for their professional development portfolios stating they have completed this Deaf awareness training.

Since this contract was awarded in July 2013 we have delivered the training to 132 participants including practice managers, general practitioners, practice nurses, pharmacists, social workers, medical students (in years 1-3), administrators, reception staff and midwives.

One large health providers training department, with approximately 4,000 staff, based in Christchurch, has independently evaluated our curriculum, programme and resources following the provision of a workshop to some of their staff and as a result has had the following professional development CME points awarded to this training:

  • General practitioners — 4 CME points
  • Practice nurses — 4 CME points
  • Pharmacists — 2 CME points

Should your workplace be interested in hosting one of these free workshops, please contact us. We will be happy to discuss with you in full the details of these workshops and how we can make it work for you!

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