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.

Aboriginal Liaison Unit team

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.

Transport needs to be arranged with your Local Healthcare Service or Community if you have Outpatient Clinical appointment at the Women’s & Children’s Hospital. Aboriginal Liaison Unit does not provide transport for clients (only if it is an emergency).


8.30am - 4.30pm weekdays

For after hours Emergency assistance, the on call Social Worker will contact an Aboriginal Liaison Officer for Cultural Support.

Contact Information

Unit Head

Manager, Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Unit
Janice Braun


1st Floor , Gilbert Building

Mailing Address

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


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