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Because of her we can: Sharing the stories of women this NAIDOC week

July 4 2018 by North Richmond Community Health

This Sunday 8 July marks the beginning of NAIDOC week. At North Richmond Community Health we will take part in the celebration of this year’s theme, “Because of her, we can” by sharing the important stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

The National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) celebrates a different theme each year to raise awareness for the central issues and events for Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders.

This year we are privileged to hear stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who are supporting and transforming their communities. We are sharing stories from women like Dr Jessa Rogers, who has dedicated her work to improving indigenous education and Cherisse Buzzacott, who is a midwife and tutor to Aboriginal university students. These stories reflect the important roles women play in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and are inspiring a new generation of change-makers.

When our building opened in 2012, we were given the honour of an Aboriginal name by Wurundjeri Senior Elder Doreen Garvey-Wandin: Wulempuri-Kertheba, which translates from Woi wurrung language as ‘staying healthy together’. We carry that name as a commitment in our work every day: to work with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, in partnership.

On Friday 6 July we will be attending the 2018 NAIDOC March from Fitzroy to the CBD. We hope to see you there.


North Richmond Community Health stands on land belonging to the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation.

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