The role of an interpreter is to facilitate communication between people who do not share a common language. Interpreting involves converting and delivering, as accurately and as faithfully as possible, a message from one language into an equivalent message in another language.
The following document provides tips for effectively working with language interpreters in a healthcare environment. Prepared by WRHA Language Access, Indigenous Health Services, Kivalliq Inuit Services – October 25, 2007. Adapted from “Working with Health Care Interpreters”, SWAHS Health Care Interpreter Service, New South Wales, Australia
*Updated October 25, 2018