Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
Within the Western Australia Department of Health, we use the term Aboriginal to describe Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, in recognition that Aboriginal people are the original inhabitants of Western Australia. No disrespect is intended to Torres Strait Islanders.
We are committed to progressing our Reconciliation Action Plan for advancing Aboriginal people’s interests.
The Plan focuses on:
- Relationships – Working together to build a strong future.
- Respect – Acknowledging, understanding and valuing people.
- Opportunities – Reducing inequalities in health and maximising health outcomes.
At Osborne Park Hospital we are continuing to strive to make our hospital a friendlier place for Aboriginal and other culturally diverse patients and their families.
To date we have:
- Implemented the identification of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander patients by asking all patients on admission their origin and recording the data on TOPAS (The Open Patient Administration System). This information will help the Department of Health and OPH to plan better and meet the needs of Aboriginal patients.
- Proudly displayed Aboriginal artwork in our main areas of the hospital and based the artwork in the newly built Outpatient buildings on Aboriginal themes.
- Planted a traditional Noongar medicinal garden in an area where most of our Aboriginal patients visit.
- Improved our staff education on Aboriginal cultural awareness.
- Introduced the Acknowledgement of Aboriginal People as the traditional owners of the land at our Executive meetings and hospital events.
- Celebrated NAIDOC week at OPH each year, which includes the display of loaned Aboriginal Artworks that are for sale.
- Installed flagposts at the main entrance to the hospital and now fly the flags of Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders.
- Installed a plaque at the hospital main entrance welcoming Noongar people and recognising them as the traditional owners of the land.
- Installed a decorated rock gifted by a local member of the Aboriginal community with an accompanying information plaque at the main entrance door, in celebration of the original owners of the land.
If you are of Aboriginal origin, there are ways you can help us to improve our services.
- Please let our staff know if you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin when you are admitted. If we know how many of our patients are of Aboriginal origin and what services they use, we will be able to better plan our services for Aboriginal people. Any information you provide is protected by privacy laws.
- Ask about joining our Community Advisory Council (CAC) which provides consumer ideas and views on our healthcare services.
- Ask about joining our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Reference Groupwhich works towards improving our relationships with Aboriginal people and addressing inequities in our services.
- Provide suggestions, comments and ideas, on our healthcare services from an Aboriginal viewpoint.
- Invite us to your community meetings, so that we can learn more about our Aboriginal community and health related needs.
Please contact the Executive Assistant on 6457 8001 or send an email to the Chair of the CAC OPHCAC@health.wa.gov.au, who will pass on your message to the correct person.
Information and Healthcare Resources
- Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service is a community controlled organisation which delivers a wide range of health services across multiple sites in Perth.
- The Australian Indigenous HealthInfonet provides comprehensive health information, health practice resources, yarning places, programs, projects, job opportunities and much more.
- The Department of Health website - provides health information relevant to Aboriginal people and all Western Australians.
- WA Department of Health website provides comprehensive information about Aboriginal Health & Services, this includes Aboriginal Cultural Learning framework, Aboriginal Workforce, Cultural Learning and more.
- The Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia is the peak body representing 20 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services across WA at a State and National Level.
- The WA Cancer Council provides information related to cancer for Aboriginal people.
- Alzheimer’s Australia provides resources, including videos related to Dementia, Memory Loss, Alzheimer’s Disease.
- Beyond Blue provides information for Aboriginal people on depression, trauma, loss, problem drinking and problem drug use.
- The WA Health Consumers’ Council is an independent voice, advocating for patients in Western Australia. It offers a unique perspective on health policy and service delivery matters.
- The WA Health Consumers’ Council provides information on medication safety for Aboriginal people “Better Medicines: A Guide to Safer Medicine Use for Aboriginal People”.
- The National Stroke Foundation provides a booklet “Journey after Stroke” for Aboriginal people.