Acknowledgement of Country
Southern NSW Local Health District acknowledges the Gundugurra, Ngarigo, Ngunnawal and Yuin Nations as the Traditional Custodians of the land covered by the District.
We pay our respects to Elders, community members and Local Health District Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff for their ongoing contribution to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
To access Aboriginal Health Services please contact the Community Health Central Intake Service on 1800 999 880 or email SNSWLHD-CommunityIntake@health.nsw.gov.au.
Going to Hospital? There is a brochure available to assist. with all information on Hospital discharge and Health District Aboriginal Health Workers.
Targeted and mainstream programs and services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples include:
Aboriginal Health Workers
In collaboration with other health service staff, provides primary and preventive health education and health promotion programs to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and patients.
Includes in-patient visits, follow-ups for Aunty Jeans Program, 48hr follow-up, Otitis Media, HEBHBL Audiology Service, home visits and outreach services.
48 Hour Follow Up Program
Provides follow up services within 2 working days of discharge from hospital and covers issues such as medications (knowledge of and access to), referrals (booked and transport arranged) and general well-being.
Aunty Jean’s – Aboriginal Chronic and Complex Care Program
For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with chronic and complex care needs.
Healthy Ears - Better Hearing, Better Listening (HEBHBL) Audiology Service
Reduces barriers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait children to access timely and appropriate ENT surgical procedures across NSW.
Provides all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children under the age of 12 years of with access to a hearing assessment in school or at local Community Health.
Social Emotional Aboriginal Health Clinic
Provides referrals to culturally appropriate internal and external services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
We are committed to developing respectful relationships, attracting and retaining a skilled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce, and developing the cultural competency of all staff to ensure our health services (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific and mainstream) are appropriate for the health needs of the communities we support.
This commitment is reinforced through our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan 2018 - 2020, the SNSWLHD Aboriginal Workforce Action Plan 2017 - 2020, and aligns to the SNSWLHD Strategic Plan 2017 - 2020 and the NSW Premiers Priority for Driving Public Sector Diversity.
Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees are represented across all business areas of SNSWLHD, including clinical, allied health, business administration, nursing cadets, and school based trainees.
SNSWLHD is always on the look out for qualified Aboriginal and Torres Strait employees and encourages prospective applicants to check for vacancies via the iWorkForNSW or NSW Health Jobs Websites.
SNSWLHD works collaboratively with a number of other health service providers and advocacy bodies, including Katungul Aboriginal Community Corporation and Medical Service, Grand Pacific Health and Coordinare Primary Health Network (PHN) South Eastern NSW to improve the services and quality of engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.