Aboriginal Strategic Plan launched during NAIDOC Week celebrations

NAIDOC Week celebrations have been held at both Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick and The Children's Hospital at Westmead over the past week, including the Network launch of Over our Tracks: SCHN Aboriginal Strategic Plan.

Events held at both hospitals celebrated the active and significant role that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played – and continue to play – at the community, local, state and national levels through the national theme Because of her we can!

At the Network this has involved our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff members outlining the influential women in their lives and how they have empowered them throughout their lives. A great example of that is SCHN Community Nurse, Lola Callaghan on her mother. Lola credits her mother for teaching her about community, and being an inspiring force throughout her life. Her mother did this bringing up 10 children of her own as well as eight children from their community. Lola says that “because of her” she has worked most of her life with children and community, while bringing up three children as a single mother

At Randwick, special guest Aunty Ali Golding performed the Welcome to Country, and a traditional smoking ceremony. Staff, patients and families attended the ceremony, and were treated to a performance by the Nyardi Indigenous Dance Troupe. Following the ceremony, everyone was invited to a BBQ lunch, and to take part in a NAIDOC week art project.

At Westmead, Aunty Edna and Rhiannon Wright performed the Welcome to Country followed by a didgeridoo performance from David Barnett. The free BBQ provided by Rotary, NAIDOC Week celebration cake and craft activities conducted by CHW and Westmead Redevelopment staff were a hit among staff, patients and families as well.

Remember to share your support for NAIDOC Week on social media using this year's hash tags #NAIDOC2018 #NAIDOCWeek #BecauseOfHerWeCan