Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Care

Content Warning: This page includes topics focused on the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.  If these topics are problematic for you, please click away now, or head over to the support services page. Please be advised the links included may contain images and voices of people who have died.

As a non-Indigenous Australian I'm not here to speak over the voices and perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people and communities. I do however believe that it's impossible to have a platform focused on health in Australia without highlighting the inequities in health that are present between ATSI communities when compared to other groups within the Australian population. Below you'll find some links amplifying the voices and hard work of those dedicated to eliminating the gap. 


deadly questions

Got a question for Aboriginal People? This Victorian Government funded initiative takes you straight to the source for your answers. 

Being and Ally.PNG

'How to be a good Indigenous ally'

" How do you cross that invisible line that takes you from being in the Aboriginal 'good books' to being on the s**t list?, writes Summer May Finlay."

'Joining the Big Data Dots on Indigenous Health Policy'

"Big data analysis is providing a stark focus for boosting health outcomes for Indigenous Australians, whether it’s mental distress, rates of chronic disease or just getting a birth certificate"


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses and midwives urge protection of birthing trees

"It is widely recognised and acknowledged that the cultural determinants of health are equally as important as the social determinants when addressing the health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples."


'Meet the Traditional Aboriginal Healers working inside Australia’s hospitals'

"Impressive results of Traditional Aboriginal Healers are starting to gain the attention and respect of western health professionals"


'Bush clinic for Indigenous men aims to break down barriers to hospital'

"Shame and a lack of confidence in the quality of treatment they receive can keep many Aboriginal men living in Western Australia's great southern region well away from modern health services"



Welcome to Country provide a list of charities dedicated to advocating and providing for  ATSI communities

'To Close the Gap, Traditional Aboriginal Healers Should Work Alongside Doctors'

"Indigenous peoples have the right to their traditional medicines and to
maintain their health practices, including the conservation of their vital medicinal plants, animals and minerals"

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'The National Aboriginal and torres strait islander women's alliance'

"Empowering Women to Advocate for Effective Policy"

Stephanie Says acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which we live - the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. We acknowledge their Elders past, present and emerging. Always was, always will be Aboriginal land. 

Note: Stephanie Sayss is not run by medical professionals. This platform is an educational tool only, and not intended to be used for medical advice. Always seek the assistance of a doctor - this platform is intended to be used a tool to assist you in doing so.

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