We are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in our region and accessing our services.
AWH acknowledges the traditional owners of the land upon which our health services reside. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.
To meet some of our Aboriginal workforce view this link here (YouTube)
Aboriginal Services are located in the Allied Health area.
Why are you asked if you identify as Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander origin?
- Your answer will help us to plan appropriate health services.
- Our hospital has a responsibility to collect data from all our patients so that we understand the health of all Australians.
- The only way we will know is to ask; we cannot guess or make assumptions.
- We know that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are at greater risk of some health problems and we want to be sure that we can offer the best care options for you.
- By answering this question you will not be treated any differently.
- All your information is protected by the Privacy Act.
Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer
The role of the Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer (AHLO) is to:
- Provide emotional, social and cultural support to you and your family.
- Help you to understand medical procedures and routines.
- Support you to participate in decisions about your care.
- Ensure that a culturally sensitive service is provided.
- Advocate and liaise on your behalf.
This service is available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander patients who are being treated currently in the emergency department or have been admitted to an acute ward.
Aboriginal Cultural Competency Action Plan 2019 - 2022
Albury Wodonga Health is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in our region and accessing our services.
The Plan acknowledged the importance of cultural wellbeing and the contribution of education and employment to achievement of equity in health outcomes for Aboriginal communities.
In developing the plan, we engaged an external facilitator to conduct an audit leading to a series of consultative planning workshops with the clear objective of identifying and prioritising key objective which, when implemented, will lead to improved health delivery outcomes for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Albury Wodonga Health commitment to Closing the Gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health recognises the requirement for a workforce that is culturally capable, culturally appropriate and culturally effective.