Our First Nations Health Unit is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of First Nations people through advocacy, education and support.

Candice McKenzie


The Royal Melbourne Hospital acknowledges the Kulin nations as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which our services are located. We are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of First Nations people.

About us

At the RMH, we are acutely aware of our responsibility to deliver health equity to First Nations people and understand that delivering high quality care is intrinsically linked to providing culturally safe and responsive services. Together with our commitment to provide great care is our aspiration for the Royal Melbourne Hospital to be a great place to work for First Nations people. As we continue on our journey toward reconciliation, we aim to build a better understanding of our current workforce, and the barriers and opportunities in place; with the vision of becoming and employer of choice for First Nations people.
The First Nations Health Unit is a dedicated resource to providing holistic and culturally safe care to Victoria’s First Nations patients and consumers. As a team we focus on breaking down barriers and providing secondary education support to treating teams that allow for a positive experience for our First Nations patients, families and communities. Our aspirations as a team align with Royal Melbourne Hospitals strategic goal to be a great place to receive care.

Aunty Marl and Johnny Terrick1/2

Our services

Our team can assist with: 

  • Ensuring hospital services are culturally appropriate, safe, welcoming and meet the needs of First Nations patients, consumers and wider community
  • Bedside visits to explain the hospital system and act as a liaison between patients, their families and our multidisciplinary team of staff
  • Helping patients and their families to access hospital and community support services in the wider community
  • Helping with discharge planning and accessing community resources to ensure continuity of care

First Nations Hospital Liaison Officers (FNHLOs) also have the ability to link into relevant external services on discharge to provide ongoing outreach support.

RMH patient Brad and Disability Liaison Officer Jenni Medland
Disability Liaison Officers

Our Disability Liaison Officers support people with disability, their families and carers access the support, care and treatment they need.

Disability Liaison Officers
Interpreter and patient
Interpreters & Cultural Support

Professionally certified interpreting services to help you communicate with staff and be involved in your care throughout your stay at the hospital and at your hospital appointments.

Interpreters and cultural support
LGBTIQA+ intersex-inclusive pride flag
Welcoming LGBTIQA+ people

We are on a journey to enhance the experience of our LGBTIQA+ patients, consumers and visitors.

Welcoming LGBTIQA+ people

Links & documents

Health.vic: Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health
Find out more about First Nations health activities run by the government
Contact us
First Nations Hospital Liaison Officers
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
The RMH Parkville
300 Grattan St, Parkville, Victoria
First Nations Mental Health Services
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
1300 874 243
The RMH Parkville
300 Grattan St, Parkville, Victoria
Staff member from the First Nations Social and Emotional Wellbeing team holding a boomerang
First Nations Social and Emotional Wellbeing (SEWB) Team

The First Nations SEWB Team can provide welcome and orientation to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people accessing the mental health service.

Two ICU nurses
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Find out more about current vacancies on the Royal Melbourne Hospital online recruitment system.

Last updated 10 April 2024