Celebrating NAIDOC Week

21 August 2019

Staff across HealthShare NSW joined in NAIDOC Week celebrations in July, recognising the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

In Chatswood, celebrations began with a special smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country performed by Yuin Elder, Uncle Max Dulumunmun Harrison. Uncle Max explained this year’s NAIDOC theme ‘Voice. Treaty. Truth.’ which represent three key elements in the Uluru Statement from the Heart, and called on all Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to work together for a shared future. Staff from the Agency of Clinical Innovation, Bureau of Health Information and the Ministry of Health also joined the Chatswood celebrations with HealthShare NSW and eHealth NSW staff.

Westmead Service Centre staff celebrated with daily themed events, including a bake off, trivia and rock painting.

Other celebrations across HealthShare NSW sites included morning teas, damper competitions and presentations on Aboriginal culture to mark the importance of NAIDOC Week.

The week also provided the opportunity to raise money for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, with Chatswood staff raising $140 and Service Centre Westmead raising $400 to support the charity.

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