Celebrating NAIDOC Week – Always Was, Always Will Be 

This week Monash Health celebrates NAIDOC week from the 8-15th November, National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) is the national week to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year’s NAIDOC Theme – Always was, Always will be – recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years. Monash Health acknowledge this continual connection and living culture that is the oldest in the world. Monash Health is committed to creating a culturally safe environment and ensuring that everyone has equal healthcare opportunities. Monash Health achieve this by celebrating NAIDOC week and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

Local community celebrations during NAIDOC Week are encouraged and often organised by communities, government agencies, local councils, schools and workplaces. 

For the first time, this year NAIDOC week has been moved from its usual occurrence in the second week of July and rescheduled to November due to the escalating second wave of COVID-19 occurring at the time. 

This year’s NAIDOC week activities look a lot different than previous years as we have moved online with many of our events. 

  • Each day this week Starlight TV will be hosting events with nursery rhymes in language and Didgeridoo performances.
  • Monash Health continues to offer All day Face to Face Cultural Awareness sessions this month and next on Latte – 13th November & 9th December still available for waitlist.
  • We also encourage staff to get involved in broader community events like this year’s online NAIDOC march hosted by Clothing the Gap –https://clothingthegap.com.au/pages/naidocmarchrun 

Please get involved and join us in celebrating our special heritage. 

Approved by Julia Oxley 

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