NAIDOC Week is held every year during the first full week of July. The event celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
This year’s theme Serving Country: Centenary and Beyond, honours all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who have fought in defence of our country.
Mr Rowell used the NAIDOC Week launch to focus on initiatives that aim to ensure healthcare programs meet the needs of Aboriginal people across NSW, including the NSW Aboriginal Health Plan 2013-2023 and The Aboriginal Maternal and Infant Health Service (AMIHS).
“From Bourke to Brewarrina, Kempsey to Campbelltown, and Taree to Tamworth, the NSW Government is working hard in closing the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal health outcomes,” Mr Rowell said.
There are over 45 AMIHS programs in NSW, delivered in over 80 locations. In areas where it has been implemented, AMIHS has helped to reduce the rate of premature births, improving breastfeeding rates, and increasing access to antenatal care early in pregnancy.
“We proudly highlight and recognise the role Aboriginal Australians have played in shaping Australia’s identity and pause to reflect on their sacrifice”, Mr Rowell said.
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