Aboriginal Health Support

You should always feel safe and supported when visiting a health service or health professional. Here we have information on where to find culturally safe and community run health services in your area.

Culturally safe health services

What are my choices when choosing a health service or health professional?

 

Sometimes it can be hard going to the doctor. You might not know where to start or you might want to see a doctor or health service that specifically works with Aboriginal people.

You can always bring a support person, like a family member, a friend or a youth worker to support you when you go to the doctor.

 

See Visiting The Doctor to find out more about how to book a doctors appointment, what to expect, and what you need to bring when you go to the doctor.

If you need to apply for Medicare visit the Medicare page and use this Indigenous Identifier form to let Medicare know you are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.

 

Cultural Safety in health services

 

All health services and health professionals are encouraged to be culturally safe for Aboriginal people.

This means that a health service or health professional should be aware of different cultures and deliver safe, accessible and responsive health care that is free from racism and judgement.

Where do I find an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHS)?

 

An Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHS) is an incorporated Aboriginal organisation initiated by and based in a local Aboriginal community.

Australian Indigenous Health Info Net has an interactive map of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services available around Australia.

To find out more about what Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services offer visit the NACCHO website or the Australian Indigenous Health Info Net website.

Additional Aboriginal Community Controlled services in NSW:

  • AbSec: The NSW peak organisation for Aboriginal families and children has list of different Aboriginal Services in NSW.
  • First Peoples Disability Network: is a national human rights organisation for Aboriginal people with disability, their families and communities.
  • NACCHO (National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation): has a list of services available.
  • NSW Health have a map of Aboriginal specific sexual health services.
  • Better to Know have a map of Aboriginal specific services around Australia.

Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service deliver holistic and culturally appropriate health services to the community.

Aboriginal support services and resources

Our Health, Our Way

 

NSW Health yarned with Aboriginal young people for a long time and made videos called ‘Our Health, Our Way’.

These videos talk about the health system through the stories of young Aboriginal people in NSW:

13YARN

13YARN is an Aboriginal crisis support hotline. You can call 13YARN to speak with a trained crisis support worker without judgement and in a culturally safe environment. You can yarn about your needs, worries or concerns and explore options for ongoing support.

Resources created by and for Aboriginal people:

 

  • Take Blaktion have some deadly sexual health information.
  • Desert Pea Media have videos about connection to country and yarning about mental health.
  • BlaQ and Black Rainbow support Aboriginal people who identify as LGBTIQA+ Sistergirl and brotherboy.
  • Italk studios have videos on health topics including COVID-19, cancer, family stories, and My Health Record.
  • WellMob have social, emotional and cultural wellbeing resources and support.
  • Your Room have drug and alcohol information for Aboriginal people.
  • Get healthy for the mob have information on staying healthy and healthy eating.
  • WA Country Health Service have a video about tobacco and smoking information.