National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week was recently marked across the Network.

NAIDOC Week is a significant time on Australia’s calendar, celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

A special flag raising ceremony was held at the entrance to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, on traditional Daruk Aboriginal land. The special guest speaker was David Williams, a retired Aboriginal Naval Officer, who spoke about the significant contribution of the Aboriginal community to the armed forces, in keeping with the theme of ‘Serving Country: Centenary & Beyond’.

The Thullii Dance Company performed some traditional Aboriginal dance and the flag was raised in honour of the Aboriginal community.

As part of the NAIDOC Week celebrations, our Network has also signed a significant partnership agreement with Aboriginal Medical Services at Redfern. This will enhance services and ensure that care is tailored to the specific healthcare needs of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in our community.

Our Network is achieving excellence in many areas of Aboriginal health care including clinical care, research and education and this will continue as we progress further towards bridging the gap in healthcare.