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Is your child of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin Is your child of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin

Is your child of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin?

If you are visiting the Queensland Children’s Hospital or one of Children’s Health Queensland’s community or mental health centres, you may be asked the question – “Are you of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin?”.

It is important to actively identify as being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent so that your child can receive culturally appropriate care.

Why ask if I am Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander?

Children’s Health Queensland is working to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people because there is still a large and unacceptable gap in health conditions and life expectancy.
To know if these gaps are closing, and if we are providing our services in the right way, we need to ask the question ‘Are you of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin?
If you are not asked, it is important to tell the staff if you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin.

What about privacy?

All information collected by Children’s Health Queensland is subject to privacy laws to ensure that your information is protected and used appropriately.

How will I be asked?

You may be asked to fill out a form or you may be asked by a staff member.
On forms, the options for answering are:

(For persons of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin, mark both ‘yes’ boxes).
Some forms have an extra box:

What happens if I say “yes”?

If we know that you or your child are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin, staff will be able to:

  • Consider any cultural needs that you might have.
  • Connect you with the Indigenous Hospital Liaison Officer (IHLO) service.
  • Provide information on services and programs specifically available to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
  • Improve care closer to home by connecting you with local services including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community support organisations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical services and Medicare Local.
  • Provide information and support to help you with making decisions and choices about your child’s health care.

Thank you for helping us to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.