The Aboriginal Health Service provides support to patients and families with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) backgrounds.
It also helps provide access to community organisations. An Aboriginal Service Development Worker works alongside hospital staff to help improve the care and support plans for ATSI patients while in hospital.
Aboriginal Health is responsible for:
- Delivery of culturally responsive services for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and their families when coming to the hospital.
- Availability of appropriate health services and preventative care for Aboriginal people.
- Helping ensure the hospital meets the particular needs of ATSI patients and their families and increase the cultural sensitivity of healthcare services and providers to Aboriginal health issues.
- Build positive relationships with the Victorian Aboriginal community, other service providers, and government departments.
Patients do not need a referral to access this service.