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February 2021

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Directory of Aboriginal health services

Northern Health has launched the Bilang Directory of Aboriginal services in the north.

‘Bilang’ means ‘straight talk’ in Woi wurrung, the language spoken by the Wurundjeri people (balluk/clan) – the traditional owners of the land on which Northern Health is built.

The directory was developed on a recommendation from the Northern Health Aboriginal advisory committee to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people had the right information about necessary services, organisations and networks to effectively manage their health and wellbeing.

‘The Bilang Directory aims to strengthen local knowledge about Aboriginal groups and organisations through building connections and networks,’ said Narrun Wilip-giin (Aboriginal support unit) director Emiliano Zucchi.

The directory was created after extensive consultation with Aboriginal community members who access services and programs in the north and north east Melbourne areas.

The https://bilang.nh.org.au/ website features artwork by local artist and Bangerang, Wiradjuri, Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Wurrung man Gary Saunders.

‘We have received very positive feedback – in particular the artwork and how easy Bilang is to navigate,’ Mr Zucchi said.

‘My hope is that Bilang will soon prove to be a platform which strengthens access to services for the Aboriginal community – a virtual meeting point empowering the community to use the excellent services out there.’

The directory was funded by the Hume Whittlesea Primary Care Partnership.

‘Bilang is part of our long-term shared commitment to ensuring Aboriginal people can access culturally safe health services locally,’ said HWPCP Chief Executive Officer Max Lee.

‘We are proud to partner with Northern Health and the local Aboriginal community on this essential resource because ‘good information means good health’.’