First Nations families

Cultural care for you and your baby

Acknowledgement to Country

LRH acknowledges the Gunaikurnai and Bunurong peoples as the traditional custodians of the lands on which our services are situated. We acknowledge the strength, resilience and survival of Aboriginal peoples and are committed to providing an accessible and culturally response service that works in partnership with community members for better health outcomes. We are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We recognise and respect their connection to their ancestral lands.

Aboriginal Health Unit at LRH

Our Aboriginal Hospital Liaison officers 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 Hospital Liaison officers or phone, 5173 8653 or 5173 8831 Monday to Friday from 8.30am-5pm.

You can also contact the team by emailing:

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.

You can get 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.