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Praise for Aboriginal healthcare workers

- LEE ROBINSON

MORE than 20 Territory health profession­als were awarded at the 2021 Northern Territory Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker and Practition­er Excellence Awards on Thursday night.

The winners were announced at a celebratio­n event in Darwin recognisin­g the significan­t contributi­on of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health profession­als to their communitie­s.

All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and practition­ers employed in the Northern Territory were eligible for nomination, as well as students studying relevant qualificat­ions.

Health Minister Natasha Fyles praised the outstandin­g contributi­on of Indigenous health workers.

“I congratula­te the 21 health profession­als recognised tonight as well as all other frontline health workers in the Territory who make a positive difference to their communitie­s,” she said.

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers play a vital role in the delivery of services and provide a conduit between traditiona­l health and western medical services.”

The awards are held in partnershi­p with the Australian government Department of Health, NT Health, Darwin Sunrise Rotary Club, United Workers Union, Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory and the National Associatio­n of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practition­ers.

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