Facebook experiment for an important health message

Interpreter Services celebrating Harmony Day in March this year. The team helps deliver key health messages to people in 120 languages.

Tomorrow we’re trying something new.

In a first for Western Sydney Local Health District’s social media channels, we’re sharing a post in another language: Chinese.

Of the 950,000 residents in our district, half speak a language other than English at home. This is a step in the right direction to making sure they can hear us.

While it’s new for social media, it’s nothing new for the district.

The Interpreter Services team calls on a workforce of nearly 400 people to interpret vital health information into 120 different languages.

The post you’ll see on our Facebook page tomorrow has been made possible by NSW Health and the WSLHD Sexual Health team.

It’s about the Dried Blood Spot testing kit; a private and discreet HIV test you can do in your own home.

Keep an eye out for more important health messages in other languages from us in the future.