NAIDOC week celebrations 2019

NHW is very pleased to be joining communities from across Australia in the celebration of NAIDOC week from July 7-14.

NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year’s theme is VOICE, TREATY, TRUTH.

Every year NAIDOC Week is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. NHW will be hosting staff training sessions with guest speakers on Aboriginal health and chronic disease.

Anita Cooper is NHW’s Aboriginal Health Liaison Officer. In the three months that Anita has been with our organisation she has:

  • Coordinated a complete review of how we approach Aboriginal Health.
  • Consulted with Community.
  • Established the business case for NHW to better support the Aboriginal  Community into the future.
  • Established a Reconciliation Action Party (RAP)
  • Conducted training with administration Allied Health staff on ‘asking the question’.

photo of Anita Cooper next to Aboriginal artwork

Getting to know Anita

Roles at NHW:
Employee & Wellbeing Coordinator and Aboriginal Health Liaison Officer

What does NAIDOC mean for you?
NAIDOC has always been a time to celebrate being a proud of my culture with my family and friends.

What is your favourite bush tucker?
Kangaroo in Redwine and Plum sauce.. Mmm yum! Oh and honey ants!

What is your biggest achievement to date – personal or professional?
Working in remote Aboriginal communities and changing people’s lives. Literally working one on one helping young people realise their potential and inspiring them to want to strive to be whatever they want to be, in a holistic approach, health education and employment. Life changing experience.

What’s the strangest talent you have?
I can throw a spear from the centre of an oval through the goal posts.

What is your favourite saying?
Always be kind and you can make a difference not matter how small.