We have recently been collaborating with EALTHY, the European Association of Language Teachers for Healthcare, who have an interest in several of our titles. Here, Catherine Richards, President of EALTHY gives us a bit more information about the organisation.
EALTHY is the members association for language teachers and other professionals working in, or with an interest in, the healthcare and medical sectors. The only association of its kind, it was formed at the 1st European English for Healthcare conference held in Locarno in 2013.
In our global, 21st century world, effective cross-cultural communication is key, particularly so within the healthcare setting. Foreign language teachers involved in the training of healthcare professionals have the responsibility to produce personnel who are effective and accurate communicators in a second language. The importance of the task shouldn’t be underestimated: the significant impact of healthcare professional-patient communication on health outcomes has been well documented and non-native speakers face particular challenges.
EALTHY offers its members high-quality, downloadable teaching material. The association is also a source of the latest information on published materials, book releases, networking and professional development opportunities. In addition to the English for Healthcare Conference (the next conference will be held in Bern in October 2015) EALTHY will also organise specialist workshops and seminars in the field of language training for healthcare and medicine.
For more information about EALTHY please see their website: www.ealthy.com.