Aboriginal Supportive and Community Care

Aboriginal Supportive & Community Care supports Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people living with serious and life-limiting illnesses in the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) - the lands of the Dharawal, Gadigal, Wangal, Gweagal and Bidjigal peoples.

Our Team

Aboriginal Health Practitioner with support from the SESLHD Palliative care team. 

What we do

  • We provide supportive care to patients and their families who are facing serious illness and help those with life-limiting illnesses.
  • We offer an extra layer of support and care which is provided alongside clinical management and treatment plans. 

Our clients

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people who have a life-limiting diagnosis. 

How do you access this service?

We accept referrals from:

  • South East Aboriginal Health Care (SEAHC) program
  • SESLHD Palliative Care teams
  • Community 
  • Self-Referrals 

If you would like assistance, reach out to the Aboriginal Supportive & Community Care Coordinator:

Email: SESLHD-AboriginalSupportiveCare@health.nsw.gov.au
Mobile: 0434 565 833

More information

Contact the Integrated Care Unit on 02 9540 8181.

Some useful resources include:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Discussion Starter - Working Out What’s Right For You - Palliative Care Australia

National Palliative Care - Supporting Palliative Care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities

Advance Care Planning


Aboriginal Supportive & Community Care Artwork

Forever on Country
Caitlin Trindall – Mirii Art

Grandfather Sun is the giver of life, warmth, and positive energy. The sun is in the centre of the artwork to reflect its significance, and to encapsulate the client’s connection with the sun throughout their life.

The dotted lines wrapping around the sun symbolise the different people, teams and services who support and care for the client. The sunrays coming out of the centre reflect the various pathways to care and comfort, and the journey a client takes as they return to country, both physically and spiritually. 

In the background are many symbols of meeting places, which are representative of people and communities who have played a role in the client’s life; sharing joy, love and creating beautiful memories to be cherished forever. 

A beautiful big whale tail is prominent to pay respect to the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District that the program covers, the beautiful lands of the Dharawal speaking people, specifically the salt water people across our coastal regions. 

Adjacent to the whale tail are arched symbols which represent our Elders as our pillars of strength. They serve to remind us of our ancestors who have guided us on our journey, and who we will be reunited with once again.