Health Minister John Day today applauded St John of God Midland Public Hospital for creating history in its appointment of Dr Christine Clinch as Director of Aboriginal Health.
Dr Clinch, a Yamatji woman, has worked for the past six years in Aboriginal medical education at The University of Western Australia.
"This appointment is significant both for the Aboriginal community and the wider health sector, with Dr Clinch appointed to the hospital's executive board in a first for a metropolitan hospital," Mr Day said.
"Dr Clinch's experience and background will help ensure culturally appropriate care and lead to improved health outcomes for Aboriginal people."
St John of God Midland Public Hospital's catchment area includes 20 per cent of the metropolitan area's Aboriginal community.
"In her role as Director of Aboriginal Health, Dr Clinch will lead the hospital's Aboriginal health strategy, incorporating clinician engagement and maintaining strong links with key referral agencies throughout the State," the Minister said.
The hospital's Aboriginal health team also includes two cultural engagement and patient liaison officers.
Dr Clinch will also expand the network of honorary liaison officers, a local reference group of Aboriginal elders and community representatives designed to enhance the hospital's engagement with Aboriginal groups from the Swan and Wheatbelt regions.
"It is also pleasing to see that Noongar woman Dr Paula Edgill has been appointed an honorary medical advisor to the hospital," Mr Day said.
"As a GP with the Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service, she will work closely with Dr Clinch and provide strong links to ongoing community care for patients once they leave the hospital."
St John of God Midland Public Hospital employs 35 Aboriginal people
The hospital provides numerous Aboriginal health services including collaborations with Patches Paediatrics, the Lions Eye Institute and Moort Boodjari Mia
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