Elders raise Reconciliation flag Westmead

Aboriginal Elders raised the indigenous flag at a Reconciliation Week event at Westmead Hospital today.

The flag raising ceremony, organised by the Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD), was attended by local Aboriginal Elders, hospital patients and staff from 8.45am.

WSLHD Aboriginal health unit manager Josie Winsor said it was important to acknowledge and celebrate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey – the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court's Mabo decision. 

Christine Hookey, Daniel Daley (with cap), James Gibson (sitting), Aboriginal Elders and patients, David Simmonds, Director of Nursing and Midwifery Blacktown Mount Druitt Hospital, Matthew Noone, Facility Manager, Corporate Services, Westmead Hospital and Valerie Wilding, Aboriginal Elder (in chair) and Sean Choolburra, Cultural Ambassador and Australia's finest Indigenous comic entertainer playing the didgeridoo.

Christine Hookey, Daniel Daley (with cap), James Gibson (sitting), Aboriginal Elders and patients, David Simmonds, Director of Nursing and Midwifery Blacktown Mount Druitt Hospital, Matthew Noone, Facility Manager, Corporate Services, Westmead Hospital and Valerie Wilding, Aboriginal Elder (in chair) and Sean Choolburra, Cultural Ambassador and Australia's finest Indigenous comic entertainer playing the didgeridoo.

“I encourage everyone to join us and learn about our shared histories, cultures, achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation efforts," Ms Winsor said.

Cultural ambassador and Indigenous comic entertainer Sean Choolburra performed at the event.

“We are delighted to have Sean Choolburra. He is an inspiration to Australian youth and is passionate about health; advocating for issues such as quitting smoking. 

“Reconciliation week is an opportunity for all Australians to celebrate the land and cultures we share. 

“It is also a time on the Australian calendar when we advocate to Close The Gap and disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian’s in regard to quality of life and life expectancy,” Ms Winsor said.

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