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Are you of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin?

March 1, 2013

Are you of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin?
When you first visit the Eye and Ear, our staff will enquire if you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin.

We ask this question to ensure our patients receive access to appropriate services. This information will assist in the planning and provision of appropriate and improved healthcare services so that we can provide the best care possible.

Hospitals need to correctly and consistently record the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander status of all patients. It is not just the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander status of patients that needs to be collected, it is equally important to ask and record the status of non-Indigenous Australian patients.

This is why all patients need to be asked the same question.