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The Eye and Ear celebrates NAIDOC

July 11, 2014

The Eye and Ear celebrates NAIDOC

The Eye and Ear embraced NAIDOC week with a special celebration on Monday.

Approximately 50 people attended the event, which was officially opened by Aunty Di Kerr who performed a personal ‘Welcome to Country’.  Aunty Di then presented the hospital’s CEO, Ann Clark,  with a message stick symbolising the partnership between the Eye and Ear and Aboriginal cultures.

As part of the NAIDOC celebrations, the hospital officially launched an Aboriginal Employment Plan with practical strategies to increase the number of Aboriginal employees at the Eye and Ear.

The audience were encouraged to join in with traditional didgeridoo playing and dance performances, led by Graham Briggs the hospital’s Aboriginal Health Project and Pathways Coordinator.

Ann Clark says the event was a great success.

“It is particularly important to celebrate and acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to recognise the contributions that Aboriginal Australians make to our country, society and our hospital," she said.

“The Eye and Ear, through various initiatives treats over 2000 Aboriginal patients per year, we are committed to providing eye and ear health to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.”