Aboriginal health

The Royal Perth Bentley Group plays a key role in delivering health care services to Aboriginal people located in the metropolitan, rural and remote areas of Western Australia.

Approximately 12 per cent of our inpatient admissions are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people, and 40 per cent of those patients travel from outside the metropolitan area.

As an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander patient we aim to ensure your time here is as comfortable as possible. Royal Perth Hospital recognises the values, beliefs, rights and customs of Aboriginal people and provides a range of services and support to make your time away from home easier.

Royal Perth Hospital respectfully acknowledges the Noongar people both past and present, the traditional owners of the land on which we work.

Services and support

Aboriginal Acute Care Coordination Team (AACCT)

The AACCT program is available when patients are admitted to Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) and are discharged with an acute condition into the Perth metro area or remote/rural regions of country Western Australia. Through care coordination the program aims to provide advocacy and health education to improve the health journey of Aboriginal clients living in the East Metropolitan Health Service catchment area.

The program identifies gaps in the Aboriginal patient journey when clients present to hospital with an acute care requirement and have a follow up outpatient appointment at RPH. The care coordinators assigned to wards identify gaps in the Aboriginal patient journey when clients present to hospital. Care coordinators investigate identified areas of DNA presentations into outpatient appointments, link patients into Integrated Team Care arrangements for chronic conditions, GP appointments for GP Management Plans and 715 health assessments. Remote/Rural care coordinator will explore ways of working closely with the hospital staff to facilitate care between regions and advocate for the patient on discharge for continuity of care.

For more information, please download the AACCT brochure (PDF 1MB).

GP Liaison Aboriginal Health

The GP Liaison Aboriginal Health Dr Marianne Wood promotes the delivery of culturally sensitive health care to Aboriginal patients of Royal Perth Hospital. Visit the GP Liaison Aboriginal Health page for more information on specific services available.

Aboriginal Health Liaison Officers are based in the Social Work Department in Victoria Square entrance and work closely with the Social Workers attached to the speciality ward area’s that they work on. They can be contacted on 9224 2711.

Aboriginal Health Liaison Officers (ALOs) provide cultural support to patients during their stay in hospital. This may involve supporting treating teams with their communication with Aboriginal patients, providing emotional support and completing tasks such as assisting with PATS and Centrelink. The ALOs also assist with linking patients to Aboriginal specific services in both the metropolitan and regional communities.

Cardiology Aboriginal Health Liaison Officer

The Cardiology Health Liaison Officer specifically provides services to Aboriginal patients who are admitted to Royal Perth Hospital with heart conditions.

To speak with our Cardiology Aboriginal Health Liaison Officer, call 9224 2086 or 0404 894 099 Monday to Thursday, 8am – 4pm.

Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service

Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service is closely linked with Royal Perth Hospital and provides a range of services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.

Please speak to the Aboriginal Health Liaison Officer if you would like to be connected with the service.

Country Health Connect

Country Health Connect is a support and coordination service for Country Aboriginal people travelling from rural and remote areas to Perth. Country Health Connect work closely with Royal Perth Hospital and can provide practical support such as transport for PATS patients who are staying at the Perth Aboriginal Hostels.

Please speak to the Aboriginal Health Liaison Officer if you would like to be connected with the service.

Aboriginal Hostels Limited

Aboriginal Hostels Limited operates more than 50 hostels Australia-wide to provide accommodation for Aboriginal people who need to be away from home for a range of reasons, including medical treatment. Aboriginal Hostels Limited provides safe, comfortable, affordable accommodation and offer three meals each day during your stay.

Please speak to the Aboriginal Health Liaison Officer to be connected with this service.

Aboriginal Catholic Ministry

The Aboriginal Catholic Ministry is concerned with the spiritual, cultural and social development of Aboriginal people in the Archdiocese of Perth. The Aboriginal Catholic Ministry provides pastoral care to Aboriginal people that include visits to the hospital and home, spiritual preparations including funerals and working together with other organisations dealing with Aboriginal issues.

Please speak to the Aboriginal Health Liaison Officer to be connected to this service. Alternatively the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry can be contacted directly on 9328 7529.

Contact Us

Aboriginal Health Liaison Officer

9224 2711

Cardiology Aboriginal Health Liaison Officer

Monday – Thursday
8am – 4pm

9224 2086 or 0404 894 099

Other services

Hospital amenities and facilities

Noongar FM Radio – Patients are encouraged to tune into Channel 7 for live broadcasts from Noongar FM radio.

NITV – Patients can purchase a paid TV service during their stay. NITV is available on Channel 34.

Aboriginal food menu – Our catering staff visits the wards each day to take your meal requests. Ask these staff members if you would like to receive food from the Aboriginal menu.

Interpreter services

To access Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health / educational resources, please speak to your RPH treating team.