NACCHO NAIDOC WEEK : Connections play a huge role in the social and emotional healthy futures of our mob

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“This NAIDOC year’s theme “We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate.” highlights our strong spiritual and cultural connection to the land and the sea. These connections play a huge role in the social and emotional health of our mob – they are our soul food.

That’s why this week is so important for Aboriginal community controlled health organisations. Our services are the cultural hubs within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia and will be hosting or participating in a range of events – from flag raising ceremonies, to events by local playgroups”.

NACCHO CEO, Lisa Briggs

NACCHO director, Canberra, ACT, 13th May, 2015

The peak Aboriginal health body is urging people to visit their local Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations this week as they celebrate NAIDOC Week.

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation CEO, Lisa Briggs, said NAIDOC week is a chance to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The theme for this year’s NAIDOC Week

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Picture Above : The Queensland Deadly Choices team had heaps of fun running traditional Indigenous games for the kids on Stradbroke Island for their NAIDOC week celebrations. The kids had heaps of fun which reaching their recommend minutes of physical activity today

“NACCHO wishes everyone a happy NAIDOC week and urges both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to get involved and get behind NAIDOC week.

“It’s also a good opportunity to have a health check while you’re at your local health service!”

You can connect to an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation by downloading our free NACCHO APP

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The full list of NAIDOC Week events is at http://www.naidoc.org.au/events-calendar.

“There are still significant differences in the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people and other Australians,” Ms Briggs said.

“Our services are making progress in closing the gap and in encouraging more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to access health care.