Aboriginal Health Unit

Our Aboriginal Health Unit provides support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander inpatient and outpatients including families and carers. We provide practical, social and wellbeing support, as well as support to seek accommodation for patients and families from regional, rural and remote areas.  The Aboriginal Health team also works closely with the Allied Health Team to support Aboriginal and Torres Islander patients.

We work with all staff to deliver on our Hospital’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), and our team is dedicated to assisting with working towards Closing the Gap targets on:

• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Life Expectancy
• Halving the gap for Indigenous education
• Halving the gap in employment outcomes

Our Hospital staff have received ‘Respecting the Difference’ training to ensure that all of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and guests are welcomed to a culturally respectful environment.

We offer a private Gadigal Place for quiet time and family conferences.

St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney works in partnership with the following Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to provide and promote preventative health services including:

• Woolloomooloo Aboriginal Community – Walla Mulla Family & Community Service
• National Rugby league - Tackling Smoking in Aboriginal Communities
• Redfern Aboriginal Medical Service
• Outreach services across NSW

St Vincent's Health Network Sydney Aboriginal Health Plan 2017-2020

This plan outlines six strategic outcomes St Vincent's has committed to achieving in our efforts to improve the health outcomes for our First Australians. Please click here.


WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that the following stories may contain images and voices of deceased persons

Deadly Yarn'n

Deadly Yarn'n is the annual St Vincent's Health Network's Aboriginal Health newsletter. It provides an overview of the achievements, programs and initiatives undertaken in Aboriginal Health at St Vincent’s.

To download Deadly Yarn'n, please click on the below links:

2016 edition click here

2017 edition, click here

2018 edition, click here

Patient story

In this video, our patient Ray, shares his cancer experience. You'll get to see some of the staff here at St Vincent's who looked after Ray throughout his treatment, and learn how we can help and care for our Nation's First People. Special thanks to the Cancer Council  for producing this video.



Pauline Deweerd, Director Aboriginal Health

Scott Daley, Manager Aboriginal Health

Joelene Holland, Aboriginal Health Palliative Care Worker

Lynnette Warner, Aboriginal Health Project Officer


Tel: 02 8382 2213

Employment Opportunities

For information on employment opportunities for our Nation's First Peoples, please click here


We live and work on Aboriginal Land. We pay our respect to the elders, both past and present and acknowledge the traditional owners of this Land.