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Ngarra Jarra Aboriginal Health Program

Ngarra Jarra Aboriginal Health Program

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


The Austin Hospital acknowledges the traditional owners of the land, the Wurundjeri people.

We pay our respects to their Elders past and present.


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.


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


Leanne Bird, Senior Case Manager / Team Leader -  9496 5638

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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) more here


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