Are you Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander?
naggangbi, bidiagalgulli nguranhung nhay - Welcome, this is Bidiagal/Bidjigal people’s country
We understand coming to hospital can be a difficult time. We ask everyone coming to our hospital if they are from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin. This is because we can offer you services that can provide you cultural support through your care.
Hospital to Home Welcome Guide
We have a guide for Aboriginal people staying in our hospital. It was developed with our local Aboriginal community and provides information they thought it important to know about our hospital. You can download it here or ask the Social Work team for a hardcopy of the booklet.
Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Service
Our Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer (AHLO) can provide you and your families emotional, social and cultural support. They also can advocate on your behalf and liaise with other services and staff.
The AHLO also provides information about hospital and legal services, patient rights and responsibilities, and child care protection issues; plus referrals to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organisations. The AHLO can help families to organise financial benefits, accommodation and care, and help at home.
You can telephone our AHLO directly on 02 9382 2332, or contact the hospital’s Social Work department on 02 9382 2372.
We have a room Aboriginal family and friends can gather. It is called the Barmbli room and can be found on Level 2 at the High St entrance (building 2B on the campus map).
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Services
We have Aboriginal Community Health Workers who can help you once you leave hospital and are living in the community. They help with your follow up appointments, referrals to other community health services, land and water based exercise classes, and they have a program to help you quit smoking.
You can contact them on 02 9382 8348, 02 9382 8355 or 02 9382 2922.
La Perouse Aboriginal Community Health Centre
The La Perouse Aboriginal Community Health Centre provides outpatient appointments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Clinics are run by Doctors and include:
- Ear, Nose and Throat
- QUIT smoking
- Oral health
- Midwife Service
- Early Childhood Services
- Children’s doctor
- Mental Health Services
- Drug and Alcohol Services
To find out more call them on 02 8347 4800.
If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person over the age of 50 and need help getting to your medical appointments, you can access these transport services:
- Guriwal Transport - call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422
- Wyanga - call 02 9319 7175.