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Acknowledgement
The Women’s and Children’s Health Network acknowledges Aboriginal people as the First Peoples and Traditional Custodians of Country throughout South Australia. We acknowledge and respect their ongoing and deep spiritual connection and relationship to land, air, sea, waters, community and country. We pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices and names of people who have passed away.

Aboriginal Health

Aboriginal Cultural Identity Artwork

WCHN is committed to improving health outcomes for Aboriginal women, children and families. We provide our staff with learning and development opportunities in Aboriginal culture, to help build culturally appropriate, relevant and accessible services.

Working with Aboriginal Families: A Practice Resource

To support our staff in developing services that are culturally appropriate, relevant and accessible, staff have access to a range of learning and development opportunities in Aboriginal culture.

A guide called Working with Aboriginal Families: A Practice Resource, provides a consistent and culturally appropriate approach to working with South Australian Aboriginal families.

Building this respect is an important step towards implementing SA Health's Cultural Learning Framework, Reconciliation Action Plan and WCHN's Aboriginal Workforce Strategy.

Download the full resource or the summary document here:

Aboriginal Health Plan

Our Network has released a Discussion Paper, Creating meaningful gains in Aboriginal health and wellbeing in the Women’s and Children’s Health Network. This is the first step in informing the next iteration of our Aboriginal Health Plan.

The intent of the Discussion Paper is to summarise the evaluation of our Aboriginal Health Plan 2018 – 2022 and use the findings as a springboard to engage Aboriginal consumers and communities, WCHN staff and other stakeholders in an open conversation about progress, enablers and constraints to create together our next Plan.

Our Network understands that efforts to improve Aboriginal health in South Australia must be community led and respectful of culture. Achieving better health outcomes for Aboriginal people requires action across all life stages; it requires attention not only to medical factors but also the social, emotional and cultural wellbeing of the whole community.

The Consultation Process

Your feedback is important to us. Through a series of consultations, there will be an opportunity for you to identify priorities and actions that could be included in our new Aboriginal Health Plan.

We encourage you to consider the factors that influence Aboriginal health outcomes and what actions are most important to achieve meaningful gains in Aboriginal health and wellbeing.

Click this link to complete the survey or email feedback to health.wchaboriginalhealthdivisiongenericmailbox@sa.gov.au.

WCHN Aboriginal Health Plan 2018 – 2022

The WCHN understands that efforts to improve Aboriginal health in South Australia must be community led and respectful of culture. Achieving better health outcomes for Aboriginal people requires action across all life stages; it requires attention not only to medical factors but also the social, emotional and cultural wellbeing of the whole community.

The WCHN Aboriginal Health Plan 2018 – 2022 is the result of an extensive consultation process undertaken both internal and external to our Network. We are confident that the strategic priorities and the focus areas for action will guide all aspects of service delivery, from individual care through to service planning and policy development.

Aboriginal Workforce Strategy

The WCHN Aboriginal Workforce Strategy 2026 provides a framework for WCHN to take the necessary steps to attract and retain new Aboriginal staff into our Network. It also aims to develop existing Aboriginal staff and plan for a future workforce that is responsive and reflective of our communities' needs.

Through the WCHN Strategic Executive Committee, we are committed to delivering on the recommendations in this Aboriginal Workforce Strategy as an enabler for the WCHN Aboriginal Health Plan (currently in development).