Health Services

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

On arrival at health service or hospital, you will be asked if you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin. We need to ask everyone and we need you to tell us to ensure we provide the best possible care for you.

Why ask?

West Moreton Health is working to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people because there is still a large and unacceptable gap in health conditions and life expectancy.

The question: Are you of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin? is one of the routine questions that we ask of everybody using the service.

It isn’t right for staff to try and guess. The only way to this information right is for people to answer for themselves.

If you are not asked the questions, please let staff know.

What about privacy?

All information collected by West Moreton Health is subject to privacy laws to ensure that your information is protected and used appropriately.

How and when will I be asked?

You will be asked verbally or on a form every time you come to West Moreton Health, unless you are coming in for a regular course of treatment.

The question is:

Are you of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin?

On forms, the options for answering are:

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No

 
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Yes, Aboriginal

Note: Mark both boxes if you are Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander

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Some forms have an extra box:

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Yes, both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

What happens if I say “yes”?

If we know that you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin, staff will be able to:

  • Give consideration to cultural needs.

  • Offer you access to the hospital liaison officer or health worker.

  • Provide information on Closing the Gap services and programs specifically available to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people ie. early health checks, vaccines, chronic disease programs.

  • Improve transition care through links to local services including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community support organisations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical services and Medicare Local to improve patient care and discharge planning.

  • Provide information and support to help you with making decisions and choices about your health care.

What if I can’t say “yes”?

If under 15 years old or too sick to answer, a parent, guardian, carer or a responsible adult with you will be asked.

Do you need to know if my baby is?

Yes, this will help us to provide the best possible care for you and your baby.