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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service (CHHHS) is committed to creating systems and processes to facilitate health equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients, including their families and substitute decision makers.

The CHHHS footprint covers an area that is home to the highest number (33,812) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, compared to other Health Services across Queensland; with 14% of the estimated resident population of the CHHHS catchment identified as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. And, almost 30% of CHHHS patients identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

We aim to close the health equity gap through the implementation and monitoring of processes intended to promote and enable:

  • A welcoming environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, their families and carers
  • Partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and organisations
  • Regular monitoring and reporting effectiveness of health services and processes through key performance indicators for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Building a culturally safe organisation with a culturally capable workforce.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Liaison Officers

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Liaison Officers provide cultural support and advice to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and their families.

Please call (07) 4226 6361 to arrange an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Liaison Officer within the Cairns Hospital.

Last updated: 27 February 2019