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Aboriginal Health

Aboriginal Health is 'everyone's business' and Barwon Health is committed to providing culturally responsive care for our local Aboriginal community, and to make an impact on improving the length and quality of the lives of local Aboriginal people.

Accessible health services are critical given the complex health conditions that many Aboriginal people face. Ensuring better access and culturally-sensitive care for Aboriginal people is a whole-of-service responsibility, and one that Barwon Health takes very seriously. Access to health care is well recognised as a key determinant of health, and Barwon Health also recognises this.

Cultural safety is a significant factor in accessibility of health care for our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. Barwon Health’s strategic pillar “right care, right time, right place” addresses this effectiveness of care through improved levels of consumer service and cultural awareness. All Barwon Health staff are encouraged to complete the "Aboriginal Cultural Awareness for Staff" online training module.

Aboriginal Health Liaison Service

Barwon Health has an Aboriginal Health Liaison Service located at University Hospital Geelong. The service provides support and advocacy to Aboriginal patients and their families within the acute health setting during business hours.

Aboriginal Health Liaison Officers play a pivotal role within the hospital environment in facilitating the delivery of culturally appropriate services to Aboriginal patients and act as cultural brokers between Aboriginal patients and the hospital system enabling understanding of the needs of Aboriginal patients in the provision of health care. 

The Aboriginal Health Liaison Officer promotes community liaison and provides practical support throughout departments within University Hospital Geelong, providing support for people who require access to the hospital as an inpatient or out patient.

The Aborginial Health Liaison Officer can

  • Provide cultural and social support
  • Support to attend appointments
  • Explore different care options available to Aboriginal patients
  • Provide support to Aboriginal families
  • Talk about referrals
  • Connect Aboriginal patients and their family with other services in the community
  • Talk about discharge planning
  • Talk to doctors and nurses at patient’s request

Aboriginal Health team

NAIDOC Week Awards AHU Team

Manager – Aboriginal Health Programs 

Renee Owen: 4215 2126

Email: [email protected]

Aboriginal Health Liaison Officer

Renee Howell                   421 50768

AHLO Mobile                    0435 181 213

[email protected]

Koorie Mental Health Liaison Officer

Naomi Asling                     421 52127

KMHLO Mobile                 046637840

[email protected]

Koorie Workforce Officer

Helen Morris                      4215 0532

[email protected]

Aboriginal Health Policy and Projects

Libby Lesock                       42150765

Adam Muir                          42152123

[email protected]

[email protected]

Last Modified: Friday, 04 June 2021


University Hospital Geelong, Kardinia House
Level 2, Bellerine Street, Geelong