SHARING CULTURE: Wakamillaroi Aboriginal Dancers at the Goondir Health Services NAIDOC Week celebrations at Chinchilla Hospital last year.
SHARING CULTURE: Wakamillaroi Aboriginal Dancers at the Goondir Health Services NAIDOC Week celebrations at Chinchilla Hospital last year. Matthew Newton

Region gears up for NAIDOC

THE extraordinary work of local women working in health care will be celebrated as part of this year's Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service's NAIDOC events.

Themed "Because of Her, We Can”, the celebrations will shine a spotlight on the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women working to improve the health and wellbeing of their communities.

Events will be held in 23 different locations across the DDHHS from July 4 to 20.

DDHHS executive director medical services Dr Martin Byrne said: "This year's theme focuses on the roles Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played, and continue to play, at community, local, state and national levels.

"As leaders, trailblazers, politicians, activists and social change advocates, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have fought and continue to fight, for justice, equal rights, rights to country, for law and justice, access to education, employment and to maintain and celebrate indigenous culture, language, music and art.

"Here at the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service, more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women than ever before are working in our hospitals, aged-care facilities and in corporate or support roles,” he added.

Dr Byrne said it was a great opportunity for hospitals to showcase their facilities to the local community, while celebrating an important national event.


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