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Eastern Health marks NAIDOC Week

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Eastern Health has celebrated NAIDOC Week with a special event at Box Hill Hospital on July 11.

NAIDOC Week provides an opportunity for Eastern Health staff to celebrate the rich history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This year’s NAIDOC Week theme was Because of her, we can! It provided the community an opportunity to celebrate and learn more about the outstanding contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women across a range of fields, including healthcare.

 Highlights of this year’s event included a Welcome to Country from Wurundjeri Elder Aunty Joy Murphy.  There was also a performance by the Djirri Djirri Dance Group. 

 Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer Jo Voce said NAIDOC Week was an important occasion on Eastern Health’s calendar.

Closing the Health Gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is of great importance for Eastern Health.

“NAIDOC Week is excellent opportunity for us to acknowledge why Indigenous health is a key priority for our community. “

Ms Voce said Eastern Health has made positive progress with a range of initiatives to improve services for Aboriginal people, including a dedicated Aboriginal Health team.

“We will continue to collaborate with the Aboriginal community in Melbourne’s east and our health service partners, and work towards Closing the Health Gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.”