In 2014, the Women's and Children's Health Network (WCHN) began the process of reviewing its Aboriginal Health Improvement Updated Action Plan 2012 – 2016 to improve the health of Aboriginal women, babies children, and young people. In 2017, the WCHN released the Discussion Paper Shaping the Future Strategic Directions for Aboriginal Health in the Women’s and Children’s Health Network (813kb).
The intent of the Discussion Paper was to develop our Aboriginal Health Plan 2018 – 2022 by encouraging stakeholders to consider the factors that influence Aboriginal health outcomes and what actions are most important to help improve health outcomes and close the gap in life expectancy.
The WCHN understands that efforts to improve Aboriginal health in South Australia must be community led and respectful of culture. Achieving better health outcomes for Aboriginal people requires action across all life stages; it requires attention not only to medical factors but also the social, emotional and cultural wellbeing of the whole community.
The WCHN Aboriginal Health Plan 2018 – 2022 is the result of an extensive consultation process undertaken both internal and external to our Network. We are confident that the strategic priorities and the focus areas for action will guide all aspects of service delivery, from individual care through to service planning and policy development.
WCHN Aboriginal Health Plan 2018-2022 (5.3mb)
Our Aboriginal Health Plan 2018-2022 at a glance (461kb)
The WCHN Aboriginal Workforce Strategy 2018 – 2022 enables our Health Network to take the necessary steps to attract new Aboriginal employees into the organisation, retain and develop existing Aboriginal employees and plan for a future workforce that is responsive and reflective of our communities' needs.
Consistent with the WCHN Aboriginal Health Plan 2018 – 2022, we recognise that our commitment to growing and developing our Aboriginal workforce is essential to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal babies, children, young people and women.
Through the WCHN Strategic Executive Committee, we are committed to delivering on the recommendations in this Aboriginal Workforce Strategy as an enabler for the WCHN Aboriginal Health Plan 2018 – 2022.
Aboriginal Workforce Strategy 2018-2022 (3.5mb)
Launch Event Photos - 15 March 2018 (8.1mb)
Reconciliation Action Plan (1.8mb)
While the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people remains substantially poorer than that of Australians as a whole, prevention and early intervention strategies are an important part of the Region's Aboriginal Health Strategy. The Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Unit has developed partnerships with other health providers and is an advocate for Aboriginal Health in South Australia.
A small team of Aboriginal Liaison Officers visit all Aboriginal inpatients with the aim of ensuring their medical, practical and cultural needs are met while at the WCH. The Unit also offers a place for Aboriginal people to gather whilst visiting the WCH and staff of the Unit act as a cultural broker to staff of the WCH and to clients.
Taikurendi is the Kaurna word for "Together in Partnership". The design represents the many hands helping Aboriginal patients and their families through these partnerships both within and external to the hospital.
The Aboriginal Liaison Unit team (left to right): Mylee Wanganeen, Aboriginal Liaison Officer,
Janice Braun, Manager, and Bonnie Sansbury, Aboriginal Liaison Officer
Referrals can be made to the Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Unit by:
Aboriginal Liaison Unit factsheet (687kb)
Coming to the Women's and Children's Hospital brochure (934kb)
If you have Outpatient Clinical appointment at the Women’s & Children’s Hospital you are expected to arrange and pay for travel there and back – the hospital does not provide funding for outpatient appointments. You may be able to get support from the Patient Assistance Travel Scheme (PATS) or similar, or your Local Healthcare Service or Community.
8.30am - 4.30pm weekdays
For after hours Emergency assistance, the on call Social Worker will contact an Aboriginal Liaison Officer for Cultural Support.
Manager, Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Unit
1st Floor, Gilbert Building
Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Unit
Women's and Children's Hospital
72 King William Road
South Australia 5006
Phone: You may call any of the numbers below:
Fax: (08) 8161 9166