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Miscommunication between english speaking health professionals and non-english speaking Aboriginal patients is a serious and well-documented problem in northern Australia.
In the Healthy breathing and heart project, work has been focused on examining, evaluating and producing multimedia objects which would enhance the building of shared understandings between Aboriginal patients and english-speaking health professionals.
Stage 1 involved a workshop bringing together Yolngu consultants and a respiratory specialist to examine and evaluate a range of multimedia and to make recommendations for further development.
Stage 2 involved the collaborative production of a multimedia resource to be used in patient education, in the training of health workers and interpreters, and for general educational use in schools and health clinics.
Stage 3 has produced a digital resource combining an animation of the anatomy and physiology of the heart and lungs, with a voice over in Djambarrpuyngu.
Abstract adapted from Yolngu Aboriginal Consultants Initiative
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