Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women - resources

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Useful websites

The Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation 

VACHO is the peak body for the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people living in Victoria, representing 100% of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) in Victoria. It is the leading advocate for the health of Aboriginal people in Victoria.

Victorian Aboriginal Health Service 

The Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) was established in 1973 to address the specific medical needs of Victorian indigenous communities. The organisation has expanded steadily over past 40 years to provide a comprehensive range of medical, dental and social services for our community.

As well as providing a variety of medical services, VAHS is committed to supporting the well-being of the community through contributions to community events and activities. VAHS is also committed to assisting research into the ongoing needs of the community.

About the resource 'You and your boorai'

The resource You and your boorai is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who are pregnant and have issues with drugs and alcohol. The resource is also for their families.

It will help you find ways to get the support you need and take steps to achieve the things most important to you; a healthy pregnancy and a healthy boorai.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities value, respect and care for mothers and boorais.

We recognise that history is important and that community and culture contribute to your boorai’s growth into a strong and healthy person.

The Royal Women’s Hospital acknowledges and pays respect to the People of the Kulin Nations, the traditional owners of the country on which our hospital stands and we pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

We wish to acknowledge the support of the Victorian Government and thank those who generously contributed to the development of this resource, in particular the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation Inc., Victorian Aboriginal Health Service, Njernda Aboriginal Corporation and Echuca Regional Health.

Downloading 'You and your boorai'

The latest version of the 'You and your boorai' PDF and worksheets can be downloaded below. 

Printed copies

To order more copies of 'You and your boorai', see the contact information on this page.

If you print the PDF yourself, the way it looks will depend on the kind of printer you have. A home printer will probably print each page as an A4 sheet. Some professional office printers can print the pages as a A5 booklet.


The Women’s does not accept any liability to any person for the information or advice (or use of such information or advice) which is provided on the Website or incorporated into it by reference. The Women’s provide this information on the understanding that all persons accessing it take responsibility for assessing its relevance and accuracy. Women are encouraged to discuss their health needs with a health practitioner. If you have concerns about your health, you should seek advice from your health care provider or if you require urgent care you should go to the nearest Emergency Dept.