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
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
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
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
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
Level 4 Glassed area
Dress in the colours of the Aboriginal flag - red, black and yellow! Take a photo and share with the Ngarra Jarra team
For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students
The Careers in Health program is part of the broader Aboriginal Employment Plan and is designed to attract, recruit and retain young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students into careers in the healthcare sector. School students aged 15 years and over will have the opportunity to complete a one week work placement. Once completed these students will have the opportunity to stay in touch with Austin Health and be linked in with other community organisations and networks. Students already studying in a health related course have the opportunity to complete their clinical placements at Austin Health and will be provided with assistance with Graduate applications.
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
The Ngarra Jarra Aboriginal Health Program Offers:
At Austin Health, our goal is to provide you and your loved ones with the highest quality of care and service.
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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 - http://www.jameshenryphotography.com.au/ - permission kindly granted.