Celebrating NAIDOC Week at Royal Perth Hospital

July 8, 2014

Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) kicked off celebrations for NAIDOC Week on Tuesday 8 July with more than 100 people gathering for a flag-raising ceremony and morning tea.

Noongar elder Ted Wilkes opened the NAIDOC Week celebrations with a moving Welcome to Country ceremony, alongside his son Ian who played the didgeridoo.

A/Executive Director of Royal Perth Group Mr Alex Smith said that NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to come together to recognise the valuable contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

“At RPH, and across WA Health, NAIDOC Week is about acknowledging the contributions to improve the health and wellbeing of all people in our community,” Mr Smith said.

“RPH has the third highest rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander admissions in the country and our Aboriginal Liaison Officers play an important role to help us provide healthcare that is not only accessible, but meets the needs of our Aboriginal patients.”

Guests were treated to the musical talents of prominent Aboriginal musicians Ronnie Jamieson and Rodney Rivers during morning tea.

The celebrations continued throughout the week with staff, patients and visitors enjoying Aboriginal painting displays, music performances and traditional food tasting that included emu sausages, kangaroo stew and damper.