NAIDOC cul­ture on show

Western Times - - NEWS -

ABO­RIG­I­NAL and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der cul­ture will be cel­e­brated across the South West Hospi­tal and Health Ser­vice with NAIDOC Week ac­tiv­i­ties from July 8-15.

South West HHS chief ex­ec­u­tive Linda Patat said Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der com­mu­ni­ties rep­re­sented about 13.7 per cent of the to­tal pop­u­la­tion in the re­gion.

“NAIDOC Week pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for all of us to join and recog­nise the out­stand­ing achieve­ments of Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der peo­ple and the valu­able con­tri­bu­tions they con­tinue to make to our re­gion, our state and the coun­try,’’ Ms Patat said.

“As a health ser­vice, we are strongly com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing our ser­vices for Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der res­i­dents.

“Just re­cently, we re­leased our 2018-2022 strate­gic plan, where clos­ing the gap in health in­equal­ity be­tween indige­nous and non-indige­nous res­i­dents is one of our four core pri­or­i­ties over four years.”

She said the South West HHS had been proac­tive in work­ing to­ward this goal, ap­point­ing sev­eral Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der li­ai­son of­fi­cers in re­cent years who pro­vided ad­vo­cacy and sup­port for pa­tients.

“We al­ready have li­ai­son of­fi­cers in St Ge­orge, Charleville and Roma who de­liver out­reach ser­vices,” she said.

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