Indigenous health in focus at Fiona Stanley Hospital for Naidoc Week

Scott Chisholm, Ron Gidgup, Luke Bongiascia and Heath |Bergersen.        d457260
Scott Chisholm, Ron Gidgup, Luke Bongiascia and Heath |Bergersen.        d457260

FIONA Stanley Hospital will highlight the importance of indigenous health and wellbeing through its Naidoc Week celebrations.

Beginning yesterday with a flag-raising ceremony, Welcome to Country and live didgeridoo performance, the hospital will hold Naidoc Week events until Sunday.

Aboriginal health liaison co-ordinator Ron Gidgup said the week would feature a range of events highlighting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

“Having a better awareness of our Aboriginal culture will enable our hospital to deliver care that is respectful and responsive to the needs of the Aboriginal community,” he said.

“This is key to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people.”

The Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Office at Fiona Stanley promotes better understanding amongst hospital staff of the values, beliefs, rights and customs of Aboriginal people.

It is staffed by a team of six people and provides a range of services to all Aboriginal patients.

Some of the Naidoc Week activities on offer include face-painting in the hospital concourse from 11am to 1.30pm today and a screening of Aboriginal short films at 10am, noon and 3pm at the education building lecture theatre.

The Wesley Aboriginal Boys’ Dance Group will also perform between 10am and noon on Thursday.