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).

newborn examination
From the Newborn examination video

Badjurr-Bulok Wilam works with other organisations to provide resources for Health Professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and families.

The Maternity examination and Newborn examination videos are available on the Women's Maternity Services Education Program (MSEP) web page.

Specialities

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

Clinical inclusion

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. 

Clinical exclusion 

Women wanting to access other services - maternity and women’s health clinics must have a referral from their local GP or community health service.  

Frequency

Monday to Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

Referral

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.

Appointment

It is best to call and make a time to catch up with staff at Badjurr-Bulok Wilam to avoid having to wait.



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