Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander women
The Women’s provides culturally sensitive services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their families at Badjurr-Bulok Wilam Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women and Families Place.
Badjurr-Bulok Wilam, meaning ‘Home of many women’ in the Woiwurrung language of the Wurundjeri Peoples, provides culturally appropriate support and advocacy services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to address social, emotional and cultural needs.
Services offered include accessing the hospital’s services, information and referrals to services and practical assistance. Badjurr-Bulok Wilam provides a resting place for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and families attending the Women’s, where women and families can sit and yarn with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Hospital Liaison Officers (ATSIHLO).
Badjurr-Bulok Wilam works with other organisations to provide resources for Health Professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and families.
We provide the following services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their families:
- A culturally sensitive service
- Attending appointments with women when requested
- Support, care and advice
- Assistance with accommodation, transport and material aid
- Access referral to other specialist services
- Linking back to community and community services
- Information, education and training to Women's staff
- Discharge planning that is culturally sensitive to the needs of women and families
- Work within a multi-disciplinary team to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women understand their diagnosis and have a say in their care with respect to culture
- Secondary consultation
- Liaising with rural and interstate services in supporting patient referrals and transfers
Badjurr-Bulok Wilam welcomes women who identify themselves as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and their families. Non-indigenous women with indigenous partners are also encouraged to access Badjurr-bulok Wilam for support.
Women wanting to access other services - maternity and women’s health clinics must have a referral from their local GP or community health service.
Monday to Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Please complete and fax the Fast Fax Referral form to the Women's Welcome Centre. The referral must state that the patient is ATSI or mother is expecting an ATSI baby.
It is best to call and make a time to catch up with staff at Badjurr-Bulok Wilam to avoid having to wait.
Family violence - information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women
This fact sheet (Family violence - information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women) aims to raise awareness of family violence issues for women in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. It also talks about seeking help, where to go, who to contact and what happens when you talk to a health professional about your situation.
- Family violence - information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women