Project summary

The Medical Signs Research Project (2008-11) aimed to help foster an effective and shared sign language vocabulary for the discussion of medical and mental health issues in order to improve health outcomes for deaf people. The project created a sub-site of Auslan Signbank called Medical Signbank which was dedicated to explaining medical terminology and providing information on the most commonly used or preferred signs in the deaf community, based on feedback received through Signbank. The linguistic research and resources built into Medical Signbank aimed to assist in the standardisation of the medical and mental health signs used by deaf people and their Auslan interpreters.