The Orange Health Service will be celebrating NAIDOC Week 2017 with a number of events recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements.
Cathy Robbins, Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer at the Orange Health Service, said that events were being held across Orange from Friday 10 November through to Saturday 18 November.
“At the Orange Health Service we take great pride in the services we provide, and being part of NAIDOC Week sends a strong message to our staff and community that this is place where the heritage and culture of Aboriginal people is recognised and valued.
“On Monday staff are invited to join in the NAIDOC march being organised in the morning and we'll have a display as part of the community event in Robertson Park which starts at 11:00am.
“On Thursday at the Orange Health Service, we will be hosting our own NAIDOC week celebrations with a flag raising ceremony followed by traditional Aboriginal dancing, speeches and cutting of the cake and BBQ. We will also be announcing the winners of our ward decoration competition," said Ms Robbins.
“The flag raising event is one of the key NAIDOC events being held in Orange this year, along with sporting events, a family fun run, and performances."
Orange Aboriginal Health Officer, Alby Ryan, said that recognition of NAIDOC Week was important for staff and the community.
“In Orange, over 5.5% of the population is Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander compared to just under 3% for NSW as a whole.
“Of course, a lot of our patients also come from other parts of the District, which also have significant Aboriginal populations, and across the District over 4.7% of our staff are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
“We want to make sure that everyone knows that they can come to Orange Health Service and receive great health care. Hosting NAIDOC Week events is just one way that we can demonstrate that commitment to Aboriginal people," said Mr Ryan.
For the latest information on NAIDOC events in Orange go to the NAIDOC Week Celebrations – Orange NSW Facebook page.
NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. In most parts of Australia NAIDOC Week is celebrated in July but to accommodate the weather in Orange, NAIDOC Week is held in November. For more information go to www.naidoc.org.au