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Family Planning translates sex, love, STDs

Dec 8th, 2008 | By | Category: Latest News, News

Responding to New Zealand’s growing Chinese-speaking population, Family Planning has translated some of its advice into Mandarin.

It has released six new Chinese resources which discuss sexual health issues ranging from love and contraception to partner abuse.

Some of the organisation’s earlier information on sexually transmitted diseases and contraception options has also been translated into Chinese.   

Family Planning also has resources in Maori, Samoan, Korean and Somali.

Producing resources to meet the needs of people in specific groups is becoming a bigger part for the organisation, says chief executive Jackie Edmond.

“Having resources in Chinese complements the work we do across the organisation to make ourselves accessible to more people.

“We need to make sure doctors and nurses know exactly what people are asking so they can give them the best treatment.”

Family Planning uses the Department of Internal Affairs Language Line telephone service to offer translation services to clients.

“This ensures client confidentiality,” says Ms Edmonds. “It reassures our clinicians that they have understood the reason for the clients visit and all treatment options have been offered.”

She says cost is a factor, so only limited resources can be produced, but they are hoping people will download them off the internet.

“If demand is sufficient, and we can identify a source for additional funding, we would hope to print a much bigger run of these resources.”

The Human Rights Commission has thanked the organisation for translating its materials and for supporting race relations in New Zealand.

Resources now available in Chinese:
 Open and Honest (talking with your children about sex and sexuality)
 This Is Not Love, This Is Control (about intimate partner violence, for young people)
 Only When You’re Ready (a resource aimed at encouraging young women to delay becoming sexually active)
 Emergency Contraceptive Pill (detailing how the emergency contraceptive pill works and how it should taken)
 Chlamydia (explaining what Chlamydia is, and how it is tested for and treated)
 Cervical Smears (this pamphlet details the benefits of having a regular cervical smear and what is involved with having a smear taken).

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