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Date posted: 7 July 2011
Researchers working in north-east Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory say Indigenous people are not using interpreters to understand medical advice, leading to poor health outcomes. Dr Anne Lowell from Charles Darwin University has been researching health communication in Indigenous communities and says many Indigenous people have a limited understanding of the cause of illnesses they are suffering, mostly because of language barriers. People are using family members to help them understand their diagnosis but this often leads to confusion and miscommunication.