Goldfields interpreters assist vital services PDF Print E-mail

Jean McKenzie, Merle Forrest and Ron Harrington studied for accreditation as translators and interpreters with Dagmar Dixon from Perth Central TAFE
Jean McKenzie, Merle Forrest and Ron Harrington and Dagmar Dixon
ONE of the recent projects undertaken by Wangkanyi Ngurra Tjurta Aboriginal Language Centre in Kalgoorlie, W.A. is certain to support their aim to break down communication barriers within the Goldfields community. The Centre has offered a course in translation and interpretation which has been taken up by eight students this year.

Language centre coordinator Sharon Hume, says the course instructing in Wongatha and Ngaanyatjarra, is designed to help people communicate in a broad range of areas, including the justice, medical, education and welfare fields.The course has been funded by the Ministry of Justice.

Photo: Jean McKenzie, Merle Forrest and Ron Harrington studied for accreditation as translators and interpreters with Dagmar Dixon from Perth Central TAFE

Sharon said breaking down language barriers in the legal system was particularly important, because of the difficulty for many Aboriginal people in understanding the complicated proceedings, when English was not their first language.

Sharon shared the teaching of the units with Dagmar Dixon, from Perth's Central TAFE.