GV Health serves a community that includes one of the largest Aboriginal populations in rural Victoria, and acknowledges the history of inequality in health status and inequity in health service access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. GV Health is committed to working with Aboriginal Controlled Health Organisations, other health services and the local community to close the gap in Aboriginal health status. GV Health is a signatory to the Koolin Balit: Victorian Government strategic directions for Aboriginal health 2012-2022 and has a range of initiatives in place to improve care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients. The Aboriginal Health Improvement Network brings together GV Health Aboriginal Officers, key stakeholders and other agencies to work together to achieve the Improving Care for Aboriginal and Torres Islander Patients (ICAP) Continuous Quality Improvement Plan objectives.
The Aboriginal Liaison Officers (ALOs) provide emotional, social and cultural support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and their families. Please see the Aboriginal Liaison Officer brochure for information and contact details for our ALOs, Cynthia Scott and Carol Collie, as well at details about the Minya Barmah Room and the GanaNBurri Birthing Room.
The Aboriginal Health Transition Officer (ATHO) provides support and follow up for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who present to GV Health’s Emergency Department to improve the client journey between the hospital and primary care services. Please see the Aboriginal Health Transition Officer brochure for information and contact details for our ATHO, Porsha Atkinson.
The Mental Health Aboriginal Liaison Officer (MHALO) provides emotional, social and cultural support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and their families when they use the mental health services at GV Health. Please see the Aboriginal Mental Health Liaison Officer brochure for information and contact details for our MHALO, Andrew McKnight.