Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders

TACS and Aboriginal Torres Strait Islanders

The TACS unit acknowledges the traditional custodians of this land of the Darug, Gundungurra and Dharawal nations and and pays its respects to the elders past, present and emerging. We are understanding and compassionate to the needs of all our patients and recognise some of the specific barriers faced by many of our First Nations’ people during their acute illness and hospitalisation. We aim to provide patient focussed and empathetic care during your hospital stay.

The TACS unit is looking to develop community engagement programs that bring together various aspects of injury prevention, clinical care and continuity of care into the community setting. Additional information will be made available as we develop these programs.


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Dr Valerie Malka is the Director of the Trauma and Acute Care Surgical Unit at Liverpool Hospital. She was the previous Director of Trauma Services at Westmead Hospital for over a decade. She is an EMST Director and DSTC Instructor with a great passion for trauma and acute care surgery. With special interests in education and quality assurance she has worked extensively in patient safety and the maintenance of ethics in healthcare. Valerie has worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Rescue Committee and holds a Diploma in International Humanitarian Assistance from Geneva University and a Master’s Degree in International Public Health with a major in Humanitarian Law. She also holds a Master’s degree in Journalism and works freelance writing medical, health and wellbeing articles.