Griffith Uni celebrates 2017 NAIDOC Week

HARRISON BEECH

NAIDOC Week celebrations commenced all across Australia during the first week of July, with Griffith University campuses embracing all things Aboriginal.

The annual event spanned from the July 2 – 9, focused on the rich history, authentic culture and proud achievements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The Gold Coast Uni campus hosted the week with activities like boomerang painting and basket weaving, as well as The Gold Coast University Hospital Indigenous Department paying a visit with an info stall.

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University students enjoy NAIDOC Week celebrations at Griffith University Gold Coast campus. Photo: Harrison Beech

Indigenous Hospital Liaison Officer Mark Ferguson said their services are aimed at keeping standards for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients at the hospital.

“We’re there to make them feel comfortable and to make sure that Queensland Health staff are sticking to our frameworks, so we can monitor and facilitate the patients”, he said.

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2017 NAIDOC Week Theme: ‘Our Languages Matter’. Photo: Harrison Beech

He said that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Liaison service keeps a close eye on each Indigenous member that checks in to the hospital.

“We get a daily patient sheet printed out that shows us their location within the hospital, what ward they’re in, and what hospital they’re in because we do Robina [Hospital] as well.

“Then we do ward visits, making sure there’s no stresses and just sort it all out,” Mr Ferguson said.

With NAIDOC Week once again a success in 2017, Griffith University continues to support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

 

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