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The Sydney Health Care Interpreter Service (SHCIS) provides professional health care interpreting and translation services for patients and health care providers in hospitals, community-based locations, and in the homes of our patients.

Clear and effective communication is important for good health care, and our service is designed to ensure that people with limited or no English language proficiency can access the services and programs they need in our public health system.

What is interpreting?

What is translation?

Interpreting is the process of transferring meaning between languages in the spoken or signed form.

Translation is the process of transferring meaning between languages in written or recorded texts.

Sydney Health Care Interpreters, Sydney Olympic Park
SydneyConnect Image: Interpreters working at the NSW Health COVID-19 Vaccination Centre.

Our Interpreters and Translators

Our interpreters and translators are certified or recognised by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI). In addition, they attend ongoing professional development and training to ensure that they are skilled to work within the health care sector. 

Sydney Health Care Interpreter Service can provide health care interpreters in most community languages, including Auslan for people who are deaf.  

Our interpreting services include:   

  • Onsite or face-to-face interpreting
  • Telephone interpreting
  • Video conference interpreting 
  • Group interpreting
  • Home visits 

We provide services to patients in Sydney Local Health District, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, St Vincent's Hospital Network, Sydney Children's Hospital Randwick, Department of Forensic Medicine, Justice and Forensic Mental Health Network, Chris O'Brien Lifehouse and non-government organisations.

Hours of Operation

The Sydney Health Care Interpreter Service operates 24 hours per day, every day of the year.

Our Service Centre is available for you to book an appointment between 7am–5pm, Monday to Friday. We also offer an after-hours service that operates from 5pm–7am (weekdays) and 24 hours (weekend and public holidays) for urgent after-hours interpreter requests and emergencies.

The Service Centre and Management team are located on the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) campus at Camperdown, and supported by staff interpreter bases at Canterbury Hospital, Concord Hospital, RPA Hospital, St George Hospital and Prince of Wales Hospital.    

Translation Services

Our team of certified translators can best be used for medical, technical, legal and complex written information as we have expertise and training in health-related subject matter.

Examples include:

  • Direct patient care related documents and medical reports 
  • Research-related forms
  • Surveys and questionnaires 

For the development of other in-language written materials (for example, posters, pamphlets, brochures, signage), we work closely with the Diversity Programs and Strategy Hub. Together we provide a unique combination of skills and knowledge for producing written materials to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse individuals and communities.


Phone: 1800 477 233

Email: SLHD-Interpreters@health.nsw.gov.au 

Mailing address:

Level 8 South, King George V Building,

Missenden Road, Camperdown NSW 2050