A NAIDOC Week event at Westmead on Friday celebrated the important contribution that Aboriginal women make to communities in western Sydney and beyond.
Aboriginal Elders, staff and community members were joined by members of the Westmead Redevelopment project, Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) and the University of Sydney at an event held at Westmead Hospital.
Western Sydney Local Health District Westmead operations director Luke Felicetti noted the importance of this year’s theme: “Because of Her, We Can!” He thanked the many Elders, community members and staff who have been integral in the work underway at Westmead, including through the redevelopment’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legacy Strategy and Action Plan.
Luke particularly praised the work and knowledge of Westmead Hospital Aboriginal liaison officer Narelle Holden, who has provided many staff, patients and community members with support and advice.
Narelle acknowledged the Aboriginal Elders and community members present and thanked the many women who have been influential in her life, including her Aunty Jennifer Smith, who attended the event.
Attendees enjoyed performances by the all-female NADI dancers, watched a flag raising ceremony, enjoyed bush tucker treats by Aboriginal catering company Kallico Catering and a shared a cake featuring Leanne Tobin’s stunning artwork Dance of the Dragonflies.
Other Westmead NAIDOC Week events this year included:
NAIDOC Week celebrations at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead kick off from Monday, 30 July.