Aboriginal Support Services
Aborginal Liaison Program
Northern Health has a committed Aboriginal Liaison Program in place with a number of objectives, including:
- development of relationships with the Aboriginal community
- providing or coordinating cross-cultural training for hospital staff
- implementation of policies to improve services for Aboriginal culture
- development of initiatives that examine and improve the discharge planning and primary care referral of Aboriginal patients to ongoing care.
The Program provides information to the Aboriginal community on the types of services available at Northern Health and offers support in accessing these services.
Driven by the Northern Health Aboriginal Liaison Officer (AHLO), the Program also places an emphasis on raising the cultural awareness of health professionals to the distinct needs of Aboriginal patients.
It has enabled Northern Health to develop links with a number of local Aboriginal groups and organisations to assist in promoting hospital services to the Aboriginal community.