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

This Guide is designed to help link SVH 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)


The NAIDOC 2021 theme – Heal Country! – calls for all of us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.

Country that is more than a place and inherent to our identity.

Country that we speak about like a person, sustaining our lives in every aspect - spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially, and culturally.

NAIDOC 2021 invites the nation to embrace First Nations’ cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia's national heritage and equally respect the culture and values of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders as they do the cultures and values of all Australians.

From NAIDOC website


Information in this guide

About this Guide

Please note that some resources may require a SVH login and are therefore not accessible to the general public.

This guide is regularly updated.

Selected articles available online via SVHM Library


Chronic disease

Cultural competency/safety

Healthcare disparities

Mental health

Remote/Rural health 

Service models


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

Print books held in Carl de Gruchy Library

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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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