Deb Anderson addresses the large crowd attending the NAIDOC Week activities on the grounds of Toowoomba Hospital.
Deb Anderson addresses the large crowd attending the NAIDOC Week activities on the grounds of Toowoomba Hospital. Bev Lacey

GALLERY: Celebrating our culture with NAIDOC Week

CHRIS Hicks covers a lot of territory across south Queensland in offering indigenous cultural support in Queensland Health's facilities.

The cultural capability support officer and her two colleagues work in hospitals and health facilities from Cherbourg to Stanthorpe in the south and Taroom in the north.

"We're a small team but we're basically the first port of call," Ms Hicks said.

"We'll be on the road for the next two weeks."

 

The team offers cultural support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in hospitals and helps train medical staff in how to best deal with patients of those cultures.

Ms Hicks attended the Naidoc Week celebrations on the grounds of Toowoomba Hospital.

This year's NAIDOC theme is "Because of Her, We Can", and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women's achievements and so this week's activities at hospitals across the Downs shone the spotlight on the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women working to improve the health and well-being of their communities.

A highlight of the celebrations at Toowoomba Hospital was the performance of Oakey-based Mura Biri Gururu Aboriginal Dancers.

The group practice twice a week and perform at various cultural festivals under the leadership of Aboriginal dancer and singer William Haupt.

Although Toowoomba turned on a cool day for the dancers who wear traditional Aboriginal clothing, at least it was a sunny day - unlike the group's previous performance which was done in cold, pouring rain.


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