Celebrating NAIDOC Week

Aboriginal men playing the didgeridoo at a NAIDOC Week celebration
August 8, 2016

Fiona Stanley Hospital recently celebrated NAIDOC Week with a series of cultural events including a flag raising ceremony, a live didgeridoo performance and a dance performance by the Wesley Aboriginal Boy’s Dance Group.

Coordinator Aboriginal Health Liaison Ron Gidgup said the week was an opportunity for staff, visitors and consumers to broaden their understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

“Having a better awareness of our Aboriginal culture enables our hospital to deliver care that is respectful and responsive to the needs of the Aboriginal community,” Ron said.

“This is key to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people.”

The performance by the Wesley Aboriginal Boy’s Dance Group was a highlight of the week.

Beginning with the ‘spirit dance’ – the boys welcomed all the good spirits and warned off the bad spirits. The ‘kangaroo and emu dance’ was performed to pay respects to traditional food sources and the ‘honeybee dance’ told the story of the European bee that had a sting. The final performance, Nyumbi dance, celebrated dance and was an opportunity for the performers to show off their individual moves.