Discrimination: Sign language interpreter for husband at birth

Hinton v Alpha Westmead Private Hospital [2016] FCAFC 107 was an appeal arising from an allegation that a hospital had (in breach of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) refused to provide sign language interpreting services to the appellant’s husband, who is deaf, in respect of the scheduled birth of the child of the appellant and her husband at the hospital.

The primary judge had summarily dismissed the application. On appeal the court overturned that ruling and remitted the matter for hearing.

The appellant ultimately gave birth at another hospital which provided the appellant’s husband with an Auslan interpreter.

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