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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' Health and Wellbeing: Home

This Guide is designed to help link SVHM health professionals to relevant, recent information resources relating to the health and wellbeing of our First Nations people - Australian Indigenous - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Acknowledgement to Country

‘St Vincent’s Hospital acknowledges the local Aboriginal people of the land on which it’s many sites are located. St Vincent’s acknowledges Aboriginal people as the Traditional Owners/Custodians of the land. We are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their communities.’ 

From: SVHA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Protocol (Nov 2020 v3)




NAIDOC 2022  Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!

We have a proud history of getting up, standing up, and showing up.

From the frontier wars and our earliest resistance fighters to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities fighting for change today—we continue to show up. Now is our time. We cannot afford to lose momentum for change.

We all must continue to Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! for systemic change and keep rallying around our mob, our Elders, our communities.

Whether it’s seeking proper environmental, cultural and heritage protections, Constitutional change, a comprehensive process of truth-telling, working towards treaties, or calling out racism—we must do it together. It must be a genuine commitment by all of us to Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! and support and secure institutional, structural, collaborative, and cooperative reforms.


Inclusive Health at St Vincent's Hospital Australia

Through the provision of care, advocacy and research, St Vincent's Hospital Australia seeks to change the structures and systems that lead to some people experiencing poorer health outcomes than others as a consequence of poverty, marginalisation or vulnerability. St Vincent's focus is on addressing the health care needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people experiencing chronic homelessness and people living in the community seeking asylum.

St Vincent's efforts in regard to each of these communities are directed through:

  1. Clinical care: through the delivery of services and community partnerships committed to bringing about long-term changes in health outcomes.
  2. Research: examining the social determinants of health to improve health services and guide initiatives.
  3. Advocacy: advocating for and contributing to health and social policy that aims to improve health services for all people, especially those experiencing poor health outcomes.

St Vincent's Health Australia, Inclusive Health Program has produced The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Protocol

Libguide Author

Carl de Gruchy Library, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne


Carl de Gruchy Library
Ground floor, Clinical Sciences Building
29 Regent Street, Fitzroy, Vic, 3065

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Related SVHM Library Subject Guides

Inclusive Health 
(Library guide aimed at staff and students of St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne interested in Inclusive Health, diversity, equity, disparity, advocacy, social justice and related topic)


Selected articles available online via SVHM Library


Chronic disease

Cultural competency/safety

Healthcare disparities

Mental health & Wellbeing

Remote/Rural health 

Service models

Print books held in Carl de Gruchy Library