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Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Unit at Flinders Medical Centre

Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Unit (Karpa Ngarrattendi)

The Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Unit, based at Flinders Medical Centre (FMC), provides an important support service to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander inpatients and their families who access health care at our hospitals.

The unit, which began operating from FMC in November 1997, has the traditional Kaurna name Karpa Ngarrattendi, meaning ‘to support, to heal'.

Between one and five per cent of all patients who attend FMC are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. The service also extends to Noarlunga Hospital.

Services

The Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officers:

  • provide emotional, social and cultural support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and their families who access our hospitals
  • raise awareness and liaise with health professionals to ensure that a culturally sensitive service is being provided and all aspects of the patient’s journey are considered in developing treatment plans

Referrals

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples only.

Contact details

Hours: Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm 
Telephone: (08) 8204 6359
Fax: (08) 8204 5486
Email: karpa@health.sa.gov.au

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