The spirit of NAIDOC Week.
The spirit of NAIDOC Week. Adam McCleery

NAIDOC culture on show

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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