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Focussing on Healing Country

Tuesday 6 July 2021

News_Focussing on Healing Country

Central West Hospital and Health Service will mark this year’s NAIDOC Week with several events across the region.

NAIDOC Week this year falls between 4–11 July and has the theme – Heal Country, heal our nation.

Central West Health Executive Director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Dan Carter said Healing Country meant hearing those pleas to provide greater management, involvement, and empowerment by Indigenous peoples over country.

“Healing Country means embracing First Nations’ cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia's national heritage,’’ he said.

“It means that the culture and values of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders are respected equally to the cultures and values of all Australians.’’

Mr Carter said in response to this year’s theme, Central West Health was working with the Winton community on a project to construct a Healing Garden in the Winton Multipurpose Health Service grounds.

He said other planned events would be promoted through local social media and all staff and community members were welcome to attend.

“I’d also like to encourage Central West residents and schools throughout the region to get involved in some way, no matter how small,’’ he said.

“For instance, you could post NAIDOC and other First Nations posters around your classroom or workplace.

“Or you could research the traditional Indigenous owners in your area, or study Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and crafts or hold a flag-raising ceremony.

“You could also invite local Aboriginal Elders to speak or give a Welcome to Country at your school or workplace, invite Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander dancers to perform, or learn the meanings of local Aboriginal place names and word.

“You could also run an art competition for your school, community or workplace. “The options are endless, and I encourage everyone to get involved where they can.’’

Mr Carter said NAIDOC Week provided an opportunity for all Australians to join and recognise the outstanding achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the valuable contributions they continued to make to the region, the state and the country.

  • NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee.
  • Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.
  • For more information on NAIDOC Week visit:


For further information contact:

James Guthrie
Principal Media Officer, Rural and Remote Qld
Media and Communication
Department of Health
(07) 3708 5379

Last updated: 6 July 2021