Aug 05
Dubbo Hospital Naidoc Day And Official Opening Of Aboriginal Liaison Unit

The history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will be celebrated at Dubbo Hospital on Thursday 4th September when the Aboriginal Liaison Unit, in partnership with the Aboriginal Health Diabetes Team, host a NAIDOC day event.

This year’s NAIDOC theme is ‘Serving Country Centenary and Beyond’, honouring all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who have fought in Defence of Country. The Aboriginal Liaison Unit will be officially opened on the day by returned servicemen.

The Dubbo Aboriginal Liaison Unit was established August 2013 and aims to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from Western NSW can access mainstream health care services to work towards closing the gap. The Unit has three Aboriginal Health Workers who work in collaboration with hospital and community health workers to undertake the following services:

• A 48-hour follow up phone call once patient is discharged from hospital

• Emotional, social and cultural support to patients and their families/carers

• Liaison with patients and their families/carers

• Liaison with other staff and community services

• Information about hospital services and the linkage between the hospital and other Aboriginal Community resources available in the community

• Improved communication between staff and the Aboriginal patients that are admitted to Dubbo Hospital.

The Unit also has a role in patient advocacy and cultural interpretation for both patients and health professionals on a one-on-one basis in each Ward in Dubbo Hospital from Monday to Friday.

Locals are invited to come along to the NAIDOC day and official opening of the Dubbo Hospital Aboriginal Liaison Unit. They can enjoy a family friendly day with key note speakers, local entertainment and service provider’s displays and information stalls, while honouring the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander soldiers who fought for our country.

The festivities will begin at 10.00am with the official opening of the Dubbo Hospital Aboriginal Liaison Unit to commence at 11.30am, followed by a tour of the new Unit. Morning tea and lunch will be provided.

Please RSVP to Debbie.Beahan@health.nsw.gov.au or Peter.Honeyman@health.nsw.gov.au by Friday 8th August 2014 (for catering purposes).

Media Contact: Vanessa Delaney, Media Manager 0417 511 738