Aboriginal Health Unit

Aboriginal Health at St Vincent’s sits within the Mission Directorate, which has focus on supporting greater access for patients who experience disadvantage. In order to provide greater access and continually improve its services to the Aboriginal community, St Vincent’s established a dedicated Aboriginal Health Unit at the end of 2015.

The key factor in St Vincent’s approach to ensuring good Aboriginal health outcomes is the Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer Program, which was first established at St Vincent’s in 1982 through funding from the Koori Health Unit in the Department of Human Services, now known as the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS). Since the mid-1990s, the program has had a full-time Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer based at St Vincent’s to improve access for Aboriginal people, and currently employs three people in this area.

The primary mechanism by which St Vincent’s drives improvement in health services for the Aboriginal Community is through working in partnership with Aboriginal community organisations. Both the St Vincent’s Aboriginal Health Advisory Committee and St Vincent’s overriding commitment to improvement in Aboriginal health has resulted in the prioritisation of a number of Aboriginal health projects over many years, which have contributed significantly to closing the health care gap.

Our Team

St Vincent’s Aboriginal Health Unit

St Vincent’s recognises Indigenous Australians as the traditional custodians of our lands, and we seek to create a safe and welcoming hospital environment for Aboriginal patients and their families.

AHLO Program

St Vincent’s Aboriginal Health Liaison Officer

St Vincent’s Hospital was one of the first hospitals to establish a Koori Hospital Liaison Program in 1982.

Patient Information

St Vincent’s AH Patient Information

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Acknowledgement

St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne acknowledges the local Aboriginal people of the land on which it’s many sites are located. St Vincent’s acknowledges Aboriginal people as the traditional owners of the land.

Aboriginal Celebration


As Victoria’s largest metropolitan provider of acute, adult Indigenous healthcare, our art collection plays an important role in making our hospital sites culturally welcoming to Indigenous Australians,


St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne recognises the Traditional Owners of the land on which its many sites are located; the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nations. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and welcome all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to our health service.