The Women's and Children's Health Network (WCHN) has a state-wide role providing services across more than 100 sites to babies, children, young people and women.
In the metropolitan area, acute services are provided at the Women's and Children's Hospital, however retrievals, telemedicine and outreach services are provided to all of South Australia, as is Child and Family Health Service (CaFHS); Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS); and Child Protection Service; with a pivotal role to play in improving health outcomes for Aboriginal people in South Australia.
A Discussion Paper: Shaping the Future Strategic Directions for Aboriginal Health in the Women’s and Children’s Health Network, has been released for public consultation as the first stage towards developing a new Aboriginal Health Plan.
If you would like to have your say about the WCHN's future delivery of health services to Aboriginal women, babies, children and families, please complete the short survey linked below:
Aboriginal Health Discussion Paper - Survey
Reconciliation Action Plan (1.8mb)
While the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people remains substantially poorer than that of Australians as a whole, prevention and early intervention strategies are an important part of the Region's Aboriginal Health Strategy. The Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Unit has developed partnerships with other health providers and is an advocate for Aboriginal Health in South Australia.
A small team of Aboriginal Liaison Officers visit all Aboriginal inpatients with the aim of ensuring their medical, practical and cultural needs are met while at the WCH. The Unit also offers a place for Aboriginal people to gather whilst visiting the WCH and staff of the Unit act as a cultural broker to staff of the WCH and to clients.
Taikurendi is the Kaurna word for "Together in Partnership". The design represents the many hands helping Aboriginal patients and their families through these partnerships both within and external to the hospital.
The Aboriginal Liaison Unit team (left to right): Mylee Wanganeen, Aboriginal Liaison Officer,
Janice Braun, Manager, and Bonnie Sansbury, Aboriginal Liaison Officer
Referrals can be made to the Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Unit by:
Aboriginal Liaison Unit factsheet (687kb)
Coming to the Women's and Children's Hospital brochure (934kb)
If you have Outpatient Clinical appointment at the Women’s & Children’s Hospital you are expected to arrange and pay for travel there and back – the hospital does not provide funding for outpatient appointments. You may be able to get support from the Patient Assistance Travel Scheme (PATS) or similar, or your Local Healthcare Service or Community.
8.30am - 4.30pm weekdays
For after hours Emergency assistance, the on call Social Worker will contact an Aboriginal Liaison Officer for Cultural Support.
Manager, Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Unit
1st Floor, Gilbert Building
Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Unit
Women's and Children's Hospital
72 King William Road
South Australia 5006
Phone: You may call any of the numbers below:
Fax: (08) 8161 9166