Aboriginal Health Unit
Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Unit
While the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people remains
substantially poorer than that of Australians as a whole, prevention and early
intervention strategies are an important part of the Region's Aboriginal Health
Strategy. The Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Unit has developed partnerships with other
health providers and is an advocate for Aboriginal Health in South Australia.
A small team of Aboriginal Liaison Officers visit all Aboriginal inpatients
with the aim of ensuring their medical, practical and cultural needs are met
while at the WCH. The Unit also offers a place for Aboriginal people to
gather whilst visiting the WCH and staff of the Unit act as a cultural broker
to staff of the WCH and to clients.
The Aboriginal Liaison Unit team (left to right): Mylee Wanganeen, Aboriginal Liaison Officer,
Janice Braun, Manager, and Bonnie Sansbury, Aboriginal Liaison Officer
Taikurendi is the Kaurna word for "Together in Partnership". The design represents the many hands helping Aboriginal patients and their families through these partnerships both within and external to the hospital.
How to access the service
Referrals can be made to the Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Unit by:
- WCH nursing, medical, allied health or other staff
- other Aboriginal health services/workers
- other major hospitals, local and interstate
Information for Families
Aboriginal Liaison Unit factsheet (687kb)
Coming to the Women's and Children's Hospital brochure (934kb)
Information patients and their families should know:
- Bring extra clothing if necessary.
- Have accommodation booked by referring agency (eg: Patient Assistance Transport Scheme – Isolated Patient Travel & Accommodation Assistance Scheme) either at the Aboriginal Hostels or accommodation close to the Women’s & Children’s Hospital at a motel/hotel. No accommodation is available at the Women’s & Children’s Hospital. The Aboriginal hotels can be contacted- http://www.ahl.gov.au
- Bring ID – (Health Care Card, Pension card, Medicare care)
- Bring your medication
- Ensure that you have finance, key card, basic card and driver’s license.
If you have Outpatient Clinical appointment at the Women’s & Children’s Hospital you are expected to arrange and pay for travel there and back – the hospital does not provide funding for outpatient appointments. You may be able to get support from the Patient Assistance Travel Scheme (PATS) or similar, or your Local Healthcare Service or Community.
8.30am - 4.30pm weekdays
For after hours Emergency assistance, the on call Social Worker will contact an Aboriginal Liaison Officer for Cultural Support.
- Manager, Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Unit
- 1st Floor , Gilbert Building
- Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Unit
- Women's and Children's Hospital
- 72 King William Road
- North Adelaide
- South Australia 5006
You may contact any of the numbers below:
(08) 8161 6237 – Pager 18103
(08) 8161 9142 – Pager 18105
(08) 8161 7036 – Pager 18130
Fax: (08) 8161 9166