NADIOC week is a time to reflect on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture, recognising and celebrating Indigenous Australian’s contributions to our country. This week we celebrated with the launch of the Karitane Aboriginal Health Plan, the unveiling of the belly cast created for Karitane by Aboriginal Artist Heidi Sainsbury and our Karitane team attending NAIDOC events at Liverpool, Fairfield and Campbelltown.
The Karitane Aboriginal Health Committee strives to promote access, engagement and improved health outcomes of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and carers. Our committee includes Karitane clinicians, Executives and our CEO Grainne O’Loughlin along with representatives from South West Sydney Local Health District and Fairfield City Council. The committee is committed to ensure Indigenous peoples health is a priority, Karitane is culturally competent and provides secure services for Aboriginal clients and their families and that we maintain effective connections with Aboriginal health services amongst other measures to ensure positive outcomes for all members of our community.
Freda Simpson, Karitane’s Aboriginal Liaison Officer – pictured centre, at one of our NAIDOC stands this year - has been with Karitane for 16 years (18 years counting her 2 years as a Karitane volunteer, amazing!!!). In the last 18 months Freda moved into her new role where her wonderful support is received by Aboriginal families across all of our services; Residential Units, Jade House and Toddler Clinics.
Freda your amazing dedication and commitment to strengthening Karitane’s relationship with the local community is something to be recognised and celebrated! Thank you.