Ballarat Health Services acknowledges the Wadawurrung people, their Elders past and present. We recognise them as traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.
This COVID19 virus is pretty scary, but we want you to know that the Aboriginal Health Team is here to support you.
It does not matter your age - if you have symptoms such as signs of a cough, fever, runny nose, or sore throat - you need to stay home and book a test.
The test does not take that long and it could save your life. It could save your family's life, our Elders, and others in the wider community.
We can help you in a culturally safe and confidential manner.
We can assist you to get the test, and support you during and after while waiting for the results or self-isolating.
Please, if you need any help with the COVID19 process contact one of us (scroll down for details).
To protect our loved ones and our Elders, people must continue to stay home where they can and:
- wear a mask or a face covering
- wash your hands often with soap and water
- stay 1.5 meters away from others
- follow the limits for public gatherings
STAY DEADLY- STAY SAFE!
What we do?
The Aboriginal Health team provides support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people accessing care at Ballarat Health Services.
Our Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officers and Koori Mental Health Liaison Officer work with patients and their families, staff, volunteers, and local communities to provide culturally appropriate care for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Monday to Friday
8.30am to 5.00pm
Meet the team
Aboriginal Team Leader
0448 046 956
Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer
0421 898 906
Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer
0438 108 927
Who we care for?
This service assists all patients and community members who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander who are:
- An inpatient at a BHS site or hospital, including the Mental Health units
- Any patient referred to the service by a BHS clinic or external provider
- Community members engaged with specialist programs (HARP, Integrated Family Services, and Specialist Clinics)
- Clients of BHS Community Programs (Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service, Community Rehabilitation Clinic)
What to expect?
Our Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officers may assist with:
- Ensuring hospital services are culturally appropriate, safe, welcoming and meet the health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients
- Provide assistance with accessing information and referrals for community services and supports.
- Ensuring Aboriginal people have access to all BHS services
- Identify and address barriers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that may prevent them from using BHS
How to access this service?
This service can be accessed across all Ballarat Health Services sites and programs.
If you would like to speak with our Aboriginal Health Liaison Officer or the Koori Mental Health Liaison Officer about you or a family member's care, please ask the treating medical team, who can refer you.
Aboriginal Art Competition
In 2020 we ran an Aboriginal Art competition.
We received fantastic entries from talented artists. Thank you to everyone who sent in their work.
The winner was Lowana Clarke for her piece Protector of his mob.
Aspects of the artwork will be used on the Aboriginal Health Team's new uniforms, stationery, and signage.
1 Drummond Street North
Ballarat VIC 3350
Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 5pm
Please note - no weekend or on call service available
Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples about COVID-19 can be found here
COVID-19 vaccine resources
Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples about COVID-19 vaccines can be found here
Have something to tell us? We welcome all feedback from patients, family members or carers. Tell us more.