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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Service

Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, the Gubbi Gubbi (pronounced Kabi Kabi) and Jinibara peoples, on whose land we provide our services.  We pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Elders, past present and emerging.

No matter what health service or facility you visit, please tell us if you identify. Identifying as Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander enables us to provide the best care for your needs.

Community connection and programs

Support in hospital

Supporting chronic illness


The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health team is part of the Community and Preventive Health Directorate, and we provide varying support services to patients staying in our hospital facilities and those patients seeking support in the community.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health team prioritises person centred care focusing on improving culturally safe care for our community within our health service facilities. Achieving health equity for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living and visiting the Sunshine Coast is the highest priority for our team.  Helping people to be more aware of their health care needs and how to access support is how we will work towards health equity together.

SCHHS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services Reference guide

Sunshine Coast and Gympie area

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services Reference guide (PDF 1716 kB) has been rebuilt to assist local health service providers in locating culturally appropriate services for their clients.

Referral enquiries to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Team via SC-AandTSI-Health-Team@health.qld.gov.au

The guiding principles that will help support this vision include:

  • Acknowledging and respecting the diversity in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and cultures and their right to equitable, accessible and quality health care
  • Providing effective and cohesive integrated care across the health care continuum
  • Improving access to the right service in the right place at the right time
  • Striving for innovation and evidence based best practice
  • Operating within strong clinical and corporate governance frameworks
  • Working in partnership with key stakeholders and engage the community.

Success will be measured by our ability to close the gap, using these indicators:

  • decrease in potentially preventable hospitalisations
  • decrease the number of discharges against medical advice
  • increase in the 'identification' of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status on hospital records.

Last updated: 20 May 2021