Multicultural

Information on palliative care, health resources and symptoms is available in multiple community languages.

CareSearch videos

There are short videos available in English, Greek (ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΑ), Italian (Italiano) and Cantonese (廣東話) They tell you what you can find on the CareSearch website.

Interpreters

Interpreters are able to help you talk with someone in your own language. It is a good idea to ask for one. The Government has a service that you may want to use. There may be a cost for this.

For day time and after hours services, call the Commonwealth Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450. This is usually a free service if you don’t speak English and are an Australian Resident or Permanent Resident.

Translating words

The Victorian Government has a Health translations directory which you can use.

Family and community support

Your family and friends care about you and want to support you. They may want to help you talk to health professionals in your own language. However it is often better to use a trained interpreter. Trained interpreters are used to talking to Doctors and Nurses, and can help with complicated medical explanations. If you wish, your family can still be with you when the doctor talks to you with an interpreter. They can be with you so you won't have to worry about trying to explain complicated information.

Referral to palliative care

Being referred to a palliative care service does not mean that you are giving up. It means that you care about your quality of life. Palliative care is about supporting people to live well with their disease. Many people continue to have treatment such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy at the same time they are getting palliative care.

  • Information about HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C can be found in other languages on this site.
  • Cancer Council of Victoria has a list of resources available in other languages
  • The Department of Human Services has information on services for people who speak other languages.
  • The Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres (1800 052 222) have a range of services to help people live more independently at home. They also have brochures in different languages.

Last updated 23 January 2017