Far West Local Health District is joining in with the community to celebrate NAIDOC Week (5-12 July).
The Health Service will be holding a Morning Tea at 11am on Tuesday, 7 July at the hospital in the courtyard adjoining the Aboriginal Community Room.
A promotion of upcoming Aboriginal Health programs will be announced at the morning tea. The programs include:
- The Aboriginal Mental Health Strategy that will provide direction for the Far West Local Health District in its care of Aboriginal people requiring social and emotional wellbeing support; and
- The Broken Hill Health Service Emergency Department project aims to prevent Aboriginal people from leaving the hospital before being seen by a health professional. The Emergency Department project continues to seek input from Aboriginal people about their experiences when accessing care at the Emergency Department and also their ideas on what we can do differently to make that experience better for Aboriginal people.
The Health Service is also supporting a variety of community events organised to celebrate NAIDOC Week:
- Flag raising ceremony on Monday, 6 July at the Broken Hill Civic Centre at 10.30am. This is being hosted by Broken Hill City Council and followed by a morning tea.
- Free Family Fun Day in Sturt Park on Thursday, 9 July from 10am to 3pm. This great day of family fun will include music, dance, traditional food, art, activities, jumping castle, stalls from different organisations, face painting, karaoke, merry-go-round and a special guest appearance from Lead Ted.
Transport is available to attend the Fun Day at the following times:
9.20am McCulloch St Shopping Centre
9.30am Plaza Bus Stop
9.40am Creedon St Bus Stop
9.55am Patton St Park
10.05am Duff St Park.
Call 08 8088 0001 for more information about transport.
- Pancake Morning Tea at Warra Warra Legal Service (184-186 Argent Street) on Friday 10 July at 11am.
- PCYC Youth Disco on Friday 10 July at 6.30pm at the PCYC in Gypsum Street.
NAIDOC Week celebrations in Broken Hill are proudly supported by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Aboriginal Affairs, Family and Community Services, 2BH Hill FM and Maari Ma Health.
The 2015 National NAIDOC Week theme is “We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate”. This year’s theme highlights Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ strong spiritual and cultural connections to land and sea. The theme is an opportunity to pay respects to country; honour those who work tirelessly on preserving land, sea and culture and to share the stories of many sites of significance or sacred places with the nation.
The National NAIDOC Committee encourages all Australians – young and old – to embrace the 2015 National NAIDOC theme and to celebrate local and national sacred places, taking the time to learn of their traditional names, history and stories.
For more information about NAIDOC Week go to http://www.naidoc.org.au/