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Interpreting Diabetes

This is a recorded webinar. The live event has passed. Webinar Date: 19th November 2020, 6:00pm - 7:30pm.


This webinar is FREE for students. Please email from your valid student email address for more information.

Type 2 Diabetes and Gestational Diabetes are a growing concern for many people and interpreters are very likely to be asked to interpret for people with these conditions. People with Type 2 diabetes may have ‘compromised immunity’ and may have poor blood supply to different areas of the body, which may result in a number of possible complications including strokes, heart attacks, kidney failure, leg ulcers and nerve damage. 

This presentation will look at how diabetes may develop, what diagnostic studies may be done, and what instructions for managing the condition.

Topics Covered:

  • Cells and the need for sugar and oxygen

  • Gestational diabetes, risk factors and possible consequences for mother and offspring

  • Sugar, insulin and insulin resistance and high insulin levels

  • Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM), management, diagnostic studies and possible complications


Who would this be useful for?

This presentation should be useful for anyone working as a translator or interpreter in the health setting. Important for both spoken and signed language interpreters. Interpreters with languages which have a limited stock of medical terms or signs.


Learning Goals: After completing this event you will gain:

Knowledge of:

  • The mechanisms involved in getting sugar into the cells and how insulin resistance usually develops

  • The link between gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia

  • The link between gestational diabetes and the increased risk of a woman’s offspring also developing diabetes

  • Diagnostic studies and instructions for monitoring and managing diabetes

  • Why smoking is not a good idea when someone has diabetes

  • The main complications of diabetes


Skills to:

  • Understand the whys and wherefore of health professionals’ questions

  • Unpack terms and concepts in your language other than English even when there are no equivalent or signs for these terms or concepts

  • Reflect on possible cross-cultural barriers which impact on people’s ability or willingness to take on what the health professionals are conveying to them.

Presented/Facilitated By:


Presented by: Professor Ineke Crezee.

Ineke has been involved in teaching translation and interpreting since 1991 and has written several textbooks on the area. She has won multiple awards for her teaching, including Vice-Chancellor’s teaching awards in 2001 and 2012 and a student union award in 2011. Ineke is New Zealand’s first Professor of Translation and Interpreting.

She has been working as both a health and legal interpreter and translator both in the Netherlands and in New Zealand. Her book, "Introduction to Healthcare for Interpreters and Translators" was released in 2013, which has been adapted into Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Arabic. A Russian iteration is forthcoming and a Turkish-language iteration is in progress.



 Facilitated by: Fatih Karakas, MSocSc(Trans&InterpSt)

Fatih Karakas is the Trainer and Training & PD Coordinator at All Graduates. He is also a lecturer in the Translating and Interpreting Program at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University where he also completed his Masters in Translation and Interpreting. He teaches both at Vocational and Higher Education levels and has delivered training in other states across the country for RMIT University and AUSIT. He is particularly interested in teaching interpreting skills as well as ethics and professionalism with a focus on providing non-language specific training via online Learning Management Systems. Fatih is also a NAATI certified interpreter and translator (Turkish-English) specialising in legal and healthcare interpreting. 


PD Logbook

A Certificate of Attendance will be issued after the webinar has passed and/or recording has been accessed. Participants will be eligible to 10 PD points towards recertification (Section 1.4 of NAATI Recertification PD Catalogue). Some webinars may attract PD points from multiple categories. Please choose the most appropriate category for your recertification.

The NAATI Recertification Catalogue can be downloaded via this link.



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  2. Watch on-demand – If you’ve registered but are unable to attend the live broadcast, you will be emailed a link to access the webinar recording the following day.

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