Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander support
Aboriginal Health Liason Office
If you are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, you can ask for an Aboriginal Health Liaison Officer (AHLO) to help you while you are in hospital.
Their job is to provide you and your family with:
- emotional, social and cultural support before, during and after your stay in hospital
- being a contact between you and your medical staff
- help to plan your discharge and access to other services
- answer your questions about your treatment and follow-up care.
- The AHLO service is confidential and available to both patients and their families.
Other important work of an Aboriginal Health Liaison Officer
Aboriginal Health Liaison Officers also do important work in Tasmania to:
- improve health care services for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
- provide education/information to hospital staff to learn more Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander culture
- maintain positive relationships within the Aboriginal community, Aboriginal organisations, other service providers and government departments.
How to arrange an Aboriginal Health Liaison Officer (AHLO)
- The AHLO is available Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm.
- Please contact the hospital you are visiting or speak to your nursing staff for AHLO contact information.