Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Service

How we can help you

We acknowledge that Sydney and Sydney Eye Hospital is situated on land traditionally owned by the Gadigal people of the Eora nation. We pay our respects to Aboriginal elders past, present and emerging.

We welcome all patients, their families, carers and friends to our hospital from all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities around Australia.

We ask all patients if they identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. If you answer yes, and would like to see our Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer, we will contact them and let them know that you are here. 

Coming to hospital can be a worrying time, and you may feel upset or lonely. The Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer can come and have a yarn with you about this, and offer you support.

The Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer is able to:

  • give you information about your rights and responsibilities
  • talk to the staff in the hospital for you
  • give you information about hospital services
  • find other services who can help you (Aboriginal health services, legal, housing, family support)
  • help you get financial assistance if you need it (eg: pensions, benefits, IPTAAS (Isolated Patient’s Travel and Accommodation Scheme) 
  • help you with finding accommodation if you are travelling to Sydney from the country
  • help you to fill in forms, for example: housing application
  • organise nursing care when you leave hospital, if you need it
  • organise for you to get help at home if you need it. This includes help with housework, shopping, meals on wheels or any equipment you might need
  • the COVID-19 vaccination

Please click here to read the brochure for more information.

If you think you may have COVID-19 and feel unwell please come to the hospital to get tested, or you can also take a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) at home.