South Western Sydney Local Health District acknowledges the traditional owners of the land and pays our respect to Aboriginal elders.
The District has approximately 11,200 residents identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background, with Aboriginal communities residing across the Local Health District and many others who come for treatment at the District's facilities from regional areas.
South Western Sydney Local Aboriginal Health Unit strives to meet the health needs of Aboriginal people in a way that is holistic, culturally appropriate and sensitive.
There are many reasons for the poorer health status of Aboriginal people, including historical, socio-economic and environmental factors. South Western Sydney Local Health District is committed to Closing the Gap in life expectancy for our local Aboriginal communities.
South Western Sydney Local Health District Aboriginal Health services include:
The District is working in partnership with local Aboriginal organisations and communities to develop and deliver health services that are responsive to the need of local Aboriginal communities and improve health outcomes for Aboriginal people.
Within Aboriginal communities, elders are held in high regard and are respected by all age groups. They are the keepers of our traditions and beliefs, which are passed down by story, art and dancing through a number of activities and initiatives held throughout the year.
The elders are an integral part of South Western Sydney Local Health District community participation program and consultation mechanisms.
Aboriginal Health will be developing a website and a number of other SWSLHD websites provide health information especially for Aboriginal peoples.