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 at the bedside. 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 12 languages:
Arabic [PDF, 329 KB]
For a comprehensive list of communication cards, see Cue cards Health Translations, Australia