Women lead the way for NAIDOC Week 2018

The University of Melbourne’s Department of Rural Health, in collaboration with Primary Care Connect and Murray Primary Health Networkwill collectively honour local Indigenous women of the Goulburn Valley region to ensure the voices are heard clear and loud.

Titled in the spirit of this year’s NAIDOC theme, “Because of her, we can”, the celebration will be a free community event that includes entertainment by 12 year-old Aboriginal girl Ms Lillie Walker and story-telling by Aunty Gwen Atkinson, Sharon Jones and Natarsha Bamblett who will share their stories.

Indigenous-themed food will be served at the event, which recognises the active and significant roles Indigenous women fulfil at the community, local, state and national levels.

The University of Melbourne is actively engaged in Indigenous development and has launched its third Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) that includes 14 Signature Projects addressing critical areas for the nation as identified by Reconciliation Australia.

Professor Bill Adam, Deputy Head, Department of Rural Health said Indigenous development is a collective responsibility.

“A theme in much of the work we are involved in, is about Indigenous people and communities controlling their own destinies: something evident across many sectors now. This greatly benefits not only Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, but all Australians,” Professor Adam said.

Local community leaders attending the celebration include Members of State Parliament Wendy Lovell and Suzanna Sheed, Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative chief executive James Atkinson and Victoria Police Senior Sergeant Brad Fisher.