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Darling Downs Health Community Health Nurse Jocelyn Prain, Councillor Peter Saxelby and Board member Trish Leddington-Hill attending Tara Hospital for National Reconciliation Week.
Tara Hospital for National Reconciliation Week
Tara Hospital commemorated National Reconciliation Week recently with great success.
The reconciliation day was opened with a smoking ceremony, followed by a Welcome to Country and the Mura Biri Gurur Aboriginal dancers performing five different traditional dances.
The day also included guest speakers, an interview with an Aboriginal elder and presentations and performances from local school students.
Tara Hospital acting Director of Nursing Madonna Phipps said the reconciliation day was well attended by staff and community members.
“It was fantastic to have so many members of the community to join as one for the reconciliation day,” Ms Phipps said.
Tara hospital staff and auxiliary members, local community members and students from St Joseph’s School and Tara Shire State College attended the day.
Darling Downs Health Director Indigenous Health Rica Lacey said the theme for National Reconciliation Week was Grounded in Truth, Walk Together with Courage.
“National Reconciliation Week is an opportunity for everyone to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements,” Ms Lacey said.
“It is also an opportunity to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.”
National Reconciliation Week is held on the same dates each year, 27 May to 3 June, to commemorate two significant historical milestones: the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.
Free influenza vaccinations were also provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as part of the Darling Downs Public Health Unit’s annual Tackle Flu Before It Tackles You campaign.
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