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Hunter New England Local Health District respectfully acknowledges Aboriginal people as the traditional owners and custodians of the land in which our health facilities are located, and pay respect to the Elders, community members and the community-controlled sector who partner with us to improve the health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across our District.

Hunter New England Local Health District has a population of more than 958,754 people with 7.5% of the population (71983) identifying as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. This is higher than the New South Wales average of 2.9%.This is an 11.8% increase since the 2016 census

Our organisation has a responsibility as a public health service to provide appropriate and effective healthcare to all population groups within the HNE Health region. The culture of our facilities and the way we deliver our services can impact greatly on health outcomes and on how comfortable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples feel in accessing our services, and we take this responsibility seriously, working to increase the cultural competence of the staff across our organisation and facilities to ensure services are culturally appropriate.

Above data validated, as of 30th of June, 2022.

Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officers support Aboriginal patients and their families Monday to Friday and can be contacted at AHLO Contact List

What do I need to bring with me to the Hospital

  • Any medications you are taking
  • Medicare Card
  • Pension or Concession Card
  • Small amount of case and key card
  • Clothing: night wear, dressing gown and non slip-slippers or shoes, toiletries, glasses and dentures