To deliver the best health outcomes for Aboriginal children and young people, The Royal Children’s Hospital founded Wadja Aboriginal Family Place. Made possible thanks to your generosity, Wadja provides a culturally sensitive and responsive service to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and their families.
Wadja Aboriginal Family Place includes a team of four Aboriginal Case Managers, a Nurse Coordinator and an Aboriginal Team Leader, all designated Indigenous roles. The service also includes two non-Aboriginal sessional paediatricians and a half time registrar.
Selena White, the Wadja Team Leader is a “strong, independent Iman woman from Central Queensland.” Selena’s role ensures that Aboriginal children and their families are well supported when they come to the hospital. She leads and assists her fellow Wadja colleagues in their daily activities, sharing her knowledge and expertise by providing cross-cultural education to departments within the hospital.
Senior Aboriginal Case Manager Sharon Mongta is “a strong and proud Monaro woman from the Snowy Mountain Country.” She primarily works with infants and their families in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit. Sharon ensures that patients and their families are comfortable negotiating the hospital system and have an understanding of medical procedures. Sharon also strives to achieve equitable access to mainstream health care services for all Aboriginal children and families.
Wadja Aboriginal Family Place attendance rates have increased significantly since it was founded. From 57% in 2009/10, to 73% in 2014/15, the support Wadja provides is clearly making a positive impact.
Through your generosity, the service can provide essential cultural support and assistance to local, regional and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients, families and their communities.
With your support we can help the children at The Royal Children’s Hospital
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