We know some patients were going home without their medication because they had to pay the entire cost of filling their script.
LRH will fund all or some of your discharge medication to make things a bit easier. Our Geewan Scripts are only offered at the LRH pharmacy. Please let hospital staff know your origin status and whether you would like to access hospital discharge medication. We will ensure your file is noted with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander status and notify our pharmacy.
Geewan is Gunaikurnai language for Australian bracken fern which was used to treat multiple ailments.
If you are having treatment or an outpatient appointment at LRH and need assistance with coming to our service, let your treatment team or the nurse in charge know or contact the Aboriginal Health Unit.
Having a baby?
Our Aboriginal Hospital Liaison officers Gail Mounsey, Bonnie O’Shanassy and Bec Brown are here to support you during your stay and help you understand hospital services and birthing options. Having a child is a really big step and it is important you feel comfortable and supported.
Ask your midwife to connect you with one of our Aboriginal Health Liaison officers or phone, (03 ) 5173 8653 or (03) 5173 8831 Monday to Friday from 8.30am-5pm.
You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org
Koori Maternity Service
LRH works closely with the Koori Maternity Service in Morwell. The service offers care for you while you are pregnant and transport and support to attend specialist appointments.
The service offers childbirth education, care after you have baby and breastfeeding support. You will also have access to a maternal and child health nurse at a monthly clinic.
The Koori Maternity Service is at 158 Mary Street, Morwell. Phone (03) 5133 8273, Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.
Maternal and Child Health Services
The First 1000 Days project run by Latrobe City Council aims to support Aboriginal families from pregnancy to the child’s second birthday in building a strong, deep and resilient connection to community and culture. It gives Aboriginal children a great start to life in their first 1000 days.