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Ngarra Jarra Aboriginal Health Program

Austin Health acknowledges the traditional owners of the land, the Wurundjeri people. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Ngarra Jarra translates as ‘Healing’ in Woiwurrung language of the Wurundjeri People.

Austin Health is committed to improving the health and well being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through ensuring equity in access to high quality, culturally sensitive health services.

At Austin Health we offer the Ngarra Jarra Aboriginal Health Program to provide culturally appropriate support for our Aboriginal patients and cultural advice and support to all staff.


Cath Bradley - Acting Team Leader,
Senior Social worker, 9496 5638

Jacob Nelson - Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer
9496 5834


 The Ngarra Jarra Aboriginal Health Program Offers:

  • Support to attend specialist clinic appointments
  • An Aboriginal health specialist clinic
  • Assistance to the patient and family to understand the hospital and the services it provides
  • Advocacy for patients, family or carers
  • Assistance with discharge planning and referrals to Aboriginal health services in your community
  • Accommodation advice and referrals
  • Financial support
  • Transport assistance
  • That someone who can make that cultural connection
  • Liaison and consultation with staff, especially around referrals and discharge planning
  • Staff cultural awareness training
  • Data collection to assist in efforts to 'Close the Gap'
  • Project work to address improvements to service delivery

Accommodation Update - William T Onus Hostel

Great news

William T Onus have opened after extensive renovations.

They are already at full capacity.

Ring (03) 9036 4510 to get an up-to-date availability.

William T Onus Hostel | Aboriginal Hostels Limited

P: (03) 9036 4510 | 75 Westgarth St, Northcote VIC 3070 | |


NAIDOC Week 2018 - Because of Her we can!



9 July

Level 3, Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre

10:00 - 11:00am: Welcome to Country & Smoking Ceremony; Flag Raising with Wurundjeri elder Uncle Colin Hunter, Julie Peers, Austin Health Closing the Gap Steering Committee member, Sue Shilbury Chief Executive
Caitlin Saunders, Spoken Word Poet

Morning tea provided by Charcoal Lane, Wellness Centre

Stalls - Hep C Rapid Response, Central Australian artist Marlene Ward,

Authentic Art and Craft with Julie Peers


10 July

Level 1 Foyer, Austin Tower

11.30 Didjeridoo playing

Austin Child Care perform/sing "Inanay Gupu Wana"

Deadly Elders Roaming Circus, Stalls


Wednesday 11 July

Austin Lecture Theatre Level 4, Lance Townsend Building

12:25 - 1:30pm: Medical Grand Round

Jacob Nelson Acknowledgement of Country, Ngarra Jarra,

Sue Shilbury Chief Executive
Presentation including Aunty April Campbell traditional owner, Ti Tree, NT, Elif Ekinci Director of Diabetes, Austin Health
1.15pm: Lunch, NAIDOC Medical Students Poster Presentation and discussions - live feed to Talbot and Repat staff


Thursday 12 July

10.00am - Mercy Health Welcome to Country, Smoking Ceremony

Marlene Ward artist Level 1 Concourse

Activities, Morning Tea Level 4 Glassed area
12.45pm - Mercy Health Grand Round, Aunty Doseena Fergie Lecturer Indigenous Health & Culture, Australian Catholic University

Level 4  Glassed area


13 July



Dress in the colours of the Aboriginal flag - red, black and yellow! Take a photo and share with the Ngarra Jarra team
NAIDOC Team activity: acknowledgement of country at team meetings, discussion why acknowledgement of country is important. 



Hepatitis C

Did you know that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are almost 5 times as likely to get Hepatitis C compared to non-Aboriginal people?

Hepatitis C is a virus that damages your liver. Hepatitis C is transferred by blood-to-blood contact and is often spread by sharing drug injecting equipment. If you have ever injected or snorted drugs, you might have Hepatitis C.

A course of tablets can now be used to cure Hepatitis C, and is effective is more than 95% of people without major side-effects.

If you think you might have picked up Hep C, ask your doctor to arrange a blood test. If you have Hepatitis C, you can ask your doctor to refer you to a specialist to get treated.

The Austin Rapid Access to Hepatitis C Treatment Service runs clinics with Austin liver specialists at Banyule Community Health Service. You can get your doctor to refer you or call us yourself!

Please contact us at:

Hepatitis C Rapid Access to Treatment clinic
Ph: 0481 909 741 or 9496 6848
Fax: 9496 2732
You can find more information about Hepatitis C at:

Or ring Cath and Jacob, Ngarra Jarra Austin Health telephone 9496 5638


Aboriginal Employment Strategy

Austin Health is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workplace that reflects our client base, and where all cultures are valued and respected.

As part of the Victorian Government's Karreeta Yirramboi (meaning grow tomorrow) initiative, Austin Health has developed an Aboriginal Employment Plan (AEP) and is striving to provide a wide variety of employment opportunities to Aboriginal people. (The term "Aboriginal" will be used to refer to both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people). Find out more about Aboriginal Employment at Austin Health.


Banner image is a section from Koori Flowers 3 by James Henry - - permission kindly granted.