Aboriginal Liaison Unit

The Aboriginal 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.

Aboriginal Liaison Officers (ALOs) work to improve the journey through the health care system for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients. Many of our clients are from rural and remote areas of South Australia and interstate, so we provide cultural advocacy and support and link them with a diverse range of service providers.

Our ALOs consult with staff and service providers as well as patient escorts and family members, to gain feedback about patient experiences and ensure the best possible outcomes from their hospital experience. The Aboriginal Liaison Unit is located opposite the Play Deck (Zone A, Floor 1) and next to the Starlight Express Room. It provides a friendly place away from the wards for Aboriginal families during their stay at the hospital.

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.

Information for families:

Aboriginal Liaison Unit factsheet

Coming to the Women's and Children's Hospital brochure

Have accommodation booked by referring agency (eg: Patient Assistance Transport Scheme – Isolated Patient Travel & Accommodation Assistance Scheme) either at the Aboriginal Hostels or accommodation close to the Women's and Children's Hospital at a motel/hotel. No accommodation is available at the Women's and Children's Hospital. The Aboriginal hotels can be contacted at www.ahl.gov.au

Address72 King William Rd,
North Adelaide SA 5006
Phone•(08) 8161 6237 – Pager 18103 •(08) 8161 9142 – Pager 18105 •(08) 8161 7036 – Pager 18130
Fax(08) 8161 9166
WebsiteVisit Website
Opening Hours

Open 8.30am - 4.30pm weekdays For after hours Emergency assistance, the on call Social Worker will contact an Aboriginal Liaison Officer for Cultural Support.

Referrals can be made to the Aboriginal Liaison Unit by:

• WCH nursing, medical, allied health or other staff

• other Aboriginal health services/workers

• other major hospitals, local and interstate