Community Portal

This community portal hosts a number of resources for the special needs of peoples within our community.



Karen People

The Karen are an ethnic group from Burma (Myanmar), many of whom fled Burma due to religious and ethnic persecution by the government. 140,000 refugees from Burma, mostly Karen, are living in refugee camps in Thailand, some for as many as 20 years.

Please follow this link to reach the Bendigo Health Interpreter Services

There is a very useful information package for use when interacting with a Karen located on the main ED floor, in the cabinet beside the printer.

Below is a selection of infographic resources that will help facilitiate communication.

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Hearing Impaired

For the hearing impaired Bendigo Health has a number of recources.

There is a link below for the official BH Intranet resources.

Bendigo Health Deaf Access

There is also a physical recource package located in the ED. On the main floor beside the printer there is a cupboard with a number of resources, where you will find the 'Deaf Information Kit'.

Inside this kit are a number of plastic bag for storing hearing aids, a set of cards with simple sign language for communication and instuctions to guide you through your interaction with the patient, and a small whiteboard to facilitate the patient to respond in writing.




Visually Impaired

Below are documents to help in caring for visually impaired patients.

Fact Sheet for Guiding a patient who is blind or vision impaired

Fact Sheet for Hospital Staff



Jehovah's Witnesses


On the main floor beside the printer there is a cupboard with a number of resources, where you will find the 'Clinical Strategies to Avoid Blood Transfusion'.

There are also the following resources available online.


Blood Refusal - Management of

Jehova's Witness Resource - Clinical Strategies to Avoid Blood Transfusion