The Boon Wurrung are the traditional people and custodians of the lands from the Werribee River to Wilsons Promontory, and proud members of the Kulin Nation. Boon Wurrung country includes the land around Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula on which Peninsula Health stands. According to Boon Wurrung tradition, this land has always been protected by Bunjil, the creator and spiritual leader who travels as an eagle, and by Waarn who protects the waterways and travels as a crow. Bunjil taught the Boon Wurrung people to always welcome guests. But he required the Boon Wurrung people to ask all visitors to make two promises:
- To obey the laws of Bunjil, and
- Not to harm the children or the land of Bunjil.
The Aboriginal and Torres Islander Strait Islander Health Program works across all parts of Peninsula Health. We walk arm in arm with you to make sure you get the healthcare you need, in a culturally safe environment. If you need support in hospital or other services such as maternity, dental, optometry and more, we can help you. We are your gateway to keeping fit and healthy.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Service can help you access the services you need. We also help the services that work with Community to provide culturally suitable services. We can help you find:
- Health services such foot care, physiotherapy, healthy eating and diabetes information, occupational therapy, dental care and counselling.
- Health assessments and information
- Help to see a doctor
- The Koori swimming program
- Koori Community Kitchen
- The school holiday Koori Youth & Family Program
- Respite to give carers a rest
- Referral to all community services including disabilities, family violence, housing, justice, youth, etc.
- Cultural awareness training
Who can use the service?
Any Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person/s who reside or work in the Frankston or Mornington Peninsula LGA regions, and their partners or carers.
Why it is important to identify
When you contact Peninsula Health, we may ask:
Torres Strait Islander, or
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander?
Why does Peninsula Health ask this question?
It is not reliable to decide if a person is Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander based on looks alone. The only sure way to find out is to ask. Once we know, we can offer you culturally appropriate services. Your answer provides important information that will help improve healthcare for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia, and for all Australians. The Department of Health requires Peninsula Health to collect this information.
Respecting your privacy
Peninsula Health is responsible for protecting the information you give us. We are bound by privacy laws that protect a person’s identity.
How to get support by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Service
If you are in hospital and would like to contact our Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officers, please call 9788 1700, otherwise telephone 1300 665 781 between 8:30am-5:00pm (Monday-Friday) and an Access Worker will give you further details on the services that you are eligible for.
Frankston Community Health
Frankston Integrated Health Centre
2 Hastings Road, Frankston 3199
Ph: 9784 8100
Hastings Community Health
185 High Street, Hastings 3915
Ph: 5971 9100
Mornington Community Health
62 Tanti Avenue, Mornington 3931
Ph: 5970 2000
Rosebud Community Health
1527 Point Nepean Road, Rosebud West 3940
Ph: 5986 9250