Alpine Access

What an exceptional day we had in beautiful Bright on Tuesday 9th September. Bright put on a show with fresh blossoms on the trees and glorious weather – not to mention a fabulous group of people from all over the Alpine Shire, who were interested in learning about how to best communicate with people who have a complex communication needs.

Photo of health professionals from Alpine Shire learing about complex communication needs.Participants from across the Alpine Shire, who perform important front of house, reception, allied health assistant and managerial roles at Alpine Health and other local medical and community health practices, gathered for a whole day of communication fun with Kelsey and her co presenter Chris from Wodonga, who gave insight into living with a complex communication need. The day also included a surprise Silent Morning Tea, where we had fun playing ‘Silent Bingo’!

Lance Hately from the National Relay Service joined us in the afternoon for an informative presentation about the Relay Service. His presentation highlighted how we can use this fabulous technology to communicate with our clients who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired. This session was very well received by participants who particularly enjoyed communicating with Lance through an Auslan interpreter.

The day was a huge success! Here a just a few of the feedback comments we received:

  • “…I feel empowered to communicate with people from all walks of life”
  • “Everyone in the community should complete this training”
  •  “Communicating my message with no speech is really hard!!”

By Kelsey Graves