Communication cards contain a set of icons that patients can use if they are having difficulty communicating their immediate needs, wants or concerns. These cards can be very useful during hospital visits or stays.
The cards can be printed and left with the patient during their visit in a healthcare service.
Patients and their families can point to the relevant icons to help their communication with staff. It is hoped that these cards will improve the safety and quality of care for some of our patients who may not be able to communicate effectively.
Patients, families, clinical staff and the Interpreting service have helped determine the icons that they believe will be the most useful for patients.
These communication cards, designed by the Design for Health and Wellbeing Lab, have been translated into several languages:
Arabic [PDF, 329 KB]
There's also a blank version that an interpreter, family member or friend can complete with translations of other languages.
For communication cards in other languages, see Cue cards Health Translations, Australia