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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield Summer semester B 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Marc Orlando


This unit explores best practices associated with interpreting in medical settings. Contextual overviews of the Australian healthcare system and medical specialisations are presented to students. The role of the interpreter is explored, as are ethical issues, cultural sensitivities, medical terminology, and interpreting techniques. These are discussed also in relation to various sub-domains including aged care, mental health, alcohol and other drug-related problems, sexual health, maternal and child health. Role plays of medical settings give students a chance to practice interpreting and discuss issues.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should:

  1. have achieved a contextual understanding of the Australian healthcare system and the roles of various healthcare professionals;
  2. have gained knowledge of medical terminology relevant to a range of specialised fields and the ability to express this in their LOTE;
  3. have developed a comprehensive understanding of the role of interpreters in healthcare settings and be able to abide by high ethical and professional standards;
  4. have developed strategies to cope with cultural sensitivities and other issues in healthcare interpreting and be able identify appropriate interpreting techniques.


Case study and presentation (2500 words): 50%
Essay (1500 words): 20%
Glossary (500 words): 15%
Participation: 15%

Contact hours

Two 2-hour seminars
4-hours of structured online activities per week for six weeks


(APG4816 and APG4691)
or NAATI accreditation at professional or paraprofessional level
or successful completion of a TandI course from another educational institution at the Advanced Diploma level or above


APG5885 - For students enrolled in Master of Interpreting and Translation Studies