Language services

WA Health is committed to providing high quality, culturally safe and accessible health care to all Western Australians who may need language services when accessing the WA health system. This includes people who experience challenges communicating in written and/or spoken Standard Australian English such as some Aboriginal people, some people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and people who are Deaf or hard of hearing who communicate in Auslan (Australian sign language).


National Interpreter and Auslan symbols

Auslan and interpreter icons

Language service training

  • According to the 2021 Census, 18.7 per cent of the Western Australian population spoke a language other than English at home. Of these, 88 per cent of people spoke English well or very well, while 12 per cent did not speak English well or not at all.
  • 12.6 per cent of the Western Australian Aboriginal population speak an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language.
  • Of the 16,242 people that communicate in Auslan (Australian sign language) across Australia, 11 per cent reside in WA.

More information

Cultural Diversity Unit

Address: Chronic Disease Prevention Directorate
Public and Aboriginal Health Division
Department of Health
189 Royal Street
East Perth WA 6004

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Cultural Diversity Unit