NAIDOC Week celebrations at AHS

July 11, 2017

Armadale Health Service (AHS) celebrated NAIDOC Week on Tuesday 11 July, with staff, patients and visitors coming together to recognise the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Photo of staff and visitors celebrating NAIDOC Week at AHSThe celebrations began with a flag raising ceremony. Guests then moved to the main foyer of the Hospital and continued to enjoy the event, with a Welcome to Country by Aboriginal elder Vivian Hansen. Dorothy Reuben and her family then treated people to a performance of a Torres Strait Islander prayer song – Baba Waian.

This year’s theme of Our Languages Matter celebrates the importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages, and the essential role that Aboriginal languages play in cultural identity.

The theme gives all of us a chance to take notice of the many Aboriginal dialects spoken by our patients, their families and friends.

Noongar man Mort Hansen said NAIDOC Week is not just for Aboriginal people but also for the wider community to acknowledge that Aboriginal people were the first people of the land.

“Our family has had a lot to do with the Armadale Health Service over the years,” Mort said. “It is a good hospital with Aboriginal staff that have served our Aboriginal needs well.”

The ceremony ended with everyone enjoying morning tea while having a chance to learn a few of the common Noongar words which were displayed on posters around the venue.