NAIDOC Week 2021

NAIDOC Week 2021 Scar Tree

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year’s theme is ‘Heal Country’. Country is more than just land, it is inherent to identity, sustaining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life in every aspect. Country is family, kin, law, lore, ceremony, traditions, and language. Healing Country means embracing First Nation’s cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia’s national heritage. 

We recognise the Dja Dja Wurrung people as the traditional custodians of the land on which our head office in Bendigo is situated. Pictured here are GPSA staff Lachlan Butcher and Belinda O’Sullivan in front of a Dja Dja Wurrung scar tree on the grounds of the Bendigo hospital. Tree bark from trees such as this was used in the manufacture of articles such as canoes, shields and coolamons (bowls). Trees such as these serve as an important reminder of the Dja Dja Wurrung presence in the landscape since time immemorial. 

This NAIDOC Week, you can:

  • Research the traditional Indigenous owners of your area. Does your practice have an ‘Acknowledgement of Country’ plaque or sign? Consider organising an acknowledgement plaque this NAIDOC week.
  • Update email signatures and/or zoom backgrounds at your Practice from now until Sunday 11 July 2021. These are available for download from the NAIDOC website
  • Discuss an element of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and culture with your trainee, after downloading and reading the Supervisor Guide to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in General Practice – An introduction to teaching and learning.
  • Take your weekly walk or hike this time to a local Indigenous site of significance or interest, do you know what these are in and around your area? Most Council websites should be able to provide this information. 
  • Get involved and attend a NAIDOC week event. Visit the NAIDOC Week Events page to find out about what events are happening in your local area: