Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI)

Some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people maintain their cultural beliefs, which is inclusive of spiritual beliefs about the causes of poor health. These beliefs generally may conflict with Western explanations and diagnosis of illnesses. Understanding and demonstrating respect for the belief of the patient and their family will assist with developing trust and rapport.

The patient and their family may be reluctant to acknowledge bad news. Give the patient and their family time to discuss the information to gain a complete understanding for all involved.

Ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are linked to culturally appropriate services that incorporate and / or are sensitive to cultural and spiritual beliefs and rituals of various groups.

Refer the family to local Indigenous Social and Emotional Wellbeing Organisation, if possible.

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Contact Details

Aboriginal Health Services. ATSI can access Aged care Services at 50+ years of age

Aboriginal Health Services. ATSI can access Aged care Services at 50+ years of age.

Dandenong and District Aborigines Co-Operative Ltd

Bunurong Health Service
3 Carroll Avenue
Dandenong 3175

Services include general practice, community health, dental health, home and community care, health promotion, immunisation, mental health, allied health, counselling, transport.

Tel. 9794 5933

Monash Health Aboriginal services

  • Access and Support Worker
  • Dietician
  • Community Health Nurse
  • Speech pathologist
  • Diabetes Educator

Service Access
Tel. 1300 342 273

Eastern Health Aboriginal Health Service
Shop 305-307 Maroondah Highway,

Home and Community Care services

  • Chronic diseases management
  • Health screening services for children and adults
  • Support services for young people
  • Women’s health services
  • Maternal and child health and shared care
  • Maternity support services
  • 'Tobacco free' clinics
  • Exercise programs for men and women
  • Men's programs

03 5957 1100

Fax 03 5962 6507

Peninsula Health
Aboriginal Health Service

(all sites)

  • Health services such podiatry, physiotherapy, dietician, diabetes educator, occupational therapy, dental care and counselling.
  • Health assessments
  • Koori swimming program
  • Koori Community Kitchen
  • School holiday Koori Youth & Family Program
  • Respite care
  • Referral to all community services including disabilities, family violence, housing, justice, youth, etc
  • Cultural awareness training

ACCESS on 1300 665 781

or Fax 03 9787 9954

West Gippsland Healthcare Group
Aboriginal Liaison



03 5625 0200


03 5624 3500