Support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women
The Women’s acknowledges the strength and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – the first peoples and custodians of the land, rivers and sea. We recognise the fundamental significance of cultural traditions, beliefs and connection to Country, family and community for the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and families.
The Women’s is taking all advised precautions regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) while providing the highest level of culturally safe care.
Our Badjurr-Bulok Wilam service is available to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and families accessing hospital services. Please email or call 03 8345 3047 Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, to chat with a member of our Aboriginal Health team about how they can best support you.
Our Baggarrook midwives continue to provide the highest standard of maternity care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women during pregnancy, labour and birth.
We know the presence of family is very important to feeling safe in the hospital. However at this time, we must reduce the number of people coming into the hospital to help protect our patients and community.
Women are able to have one support person with them for their appointment, or throughout their labour, birth and postnatal stay. No additional visitors are allowed at this time. Please read about the other measures we have put in place to keep the community safe further up this page.
Please also be aware that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 50, who have existing health conditions or chronic illness, are being encouraged to stay home (unless urgent medical care is required).
You can find advice about protecting yourself, your community and Elders on the Australian Government Department of Health website and also the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website.