Yarning Garden Session a Chance to Learn More About BRHS’ Aboriginal Resource Group

Koori Hospital Liaison Officer Boonie O’Shannassy with Dialysis Nurse Unit Manager Justin Hamilton and Medical Imaging Administration Team Leader Raina Gibbs. Photo: Jake Lynch/BRHS

 

Did you know there is a team of people at BRHS constantly exploring new ways to make sure our services meet the needs of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community?

That team is called the Aboriginal Resource Group. And they are looking for new BRHS staff from all areas of the health service to get involved.

If this piques your interest and you’d like to know more, come to the Yarning Garden between 2 – 3 p.m. on Thursday, December 19.

You’ll be able to chat with staff involved in the Aboriginal Resource Group, and learn more about how you might be able to contribute.

(BYO coffee cups.)

Dialysis Nurse Unit Manager Justin Hamilton says understanding the needs and local resources specific to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients was very important to staff in his unit.

“Being involved in the Aboriginal Resource Group has really helped improve communication between our Dialysis unit and the various services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in this area,” he said. “It’s also helped me recognise and better understand the gap that does exist in health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders here.”

The Aboriginal Resource Group provides a place for open discussion where BRHS staff can raise ideas, feedback, issues and needs relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people receiving services from our health service.

It also provides an opportunity to review our strategies and policies related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, and helps celebrate several significant events during the year, such as Close The Gap Day and NAIDOC Week.

To learn more about the Aboriginal Resource Group and how you can be involved:

Yarning Garden
2 – 3 p.m.
Thursday, December 19.

Or contact Bonnie O’Shanassy on ext. 66364 or bonnie.oshanassy@brhs.com.au