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Information resources in Chinese

Thursday, November 20, 2008

National News

We have released six new information resources and updated two existing resources in Chinese to meet growing demand from New Zealand's Chinese-speaking population.

Our chief executive Jackie Edmond says producing resources to meet the needs of specific groups is becoming an increasingly significant part of the work the organisation does.

“Having resources in Chinese, complements the work we do across the organisation to make ourselves as accessible as possible to people for whom English is a second language,” Ms Edmond says.

“For instance, we use the Department of Internal Affairs Language Line telephone service to offer translation services in our clinics. This service ensures client confidentiality and reassures our clinicians that they have understood the reason for the client visit and that the client understands the treatment options they have been offered.”

The resources now available in Chinese are:

  • Open and Honest (talking with your children about sex and sexuality)
  • This Is Not Love, This Is Control (about intimate partner violence, for young people)
  • Only When You're Ready (a resource aimed at encouraging young women to delay becoming sexually active)
  • Emergency Contraceptive Pill (detailing how the emergency contraceptive pill works and how it should taken)
  • Chlamydia (explaining what chlamydia is, and how it is tested for and treated)
  • Cervical Smears (this pamphlet details the benefits of having a regular cervical smear and what is involved with having a smear taken).

Resources on Sexually Transmissible Infections and Contraceptive Options have been updated.

A translator from the Hong Kong Family Planning Association was available on contract to undertake the work and having access to quality translation was critical to the success of the project.

Ms Edmond says cost is a factor in producing these resources so a limited print run has been done in the first instance to gauge demand from the Chinese speaking community. “If demand is sufficient, and we can identify a source for additional funding, we would hope to print a second and much bigger, print run of these resources."

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