Flag raising and bush scones for NAIDOC week

WGHG is getting into the spirit of NAIDOC Week. Staff, indigenous elders and visitors celebrated with a flag raising ceremony in the garden at the main entrance to the hospital this week.

The ceremony was followed by a bush tucker inspired morning tea of lemon myrtle scones, wattleseed cheesecake and lemon myrtle tea.

WGHG staff members Pauline Peters, Tanya Commons, Rhonda Hood and Colleen Burns assisted to raise the flags.

Pauline and Tanya said they look forward to being involved in the ceremony each year.

“It’s is a great way to bring people of different backgrounds together to celebrate aboriginal culture. It’s also an important symbol to indigenous people that they are welcome here whether they are a staff member, a patient or a visitor.”

An Acknowledgement to Country was conducted by Director of Allied and Community Health, Audra Fenton followed by a presentation by West Gippsland Healthcare Board Chair, Jane Leslie.

The event was coordinated by WGHG Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer, Troy Jennings.

*NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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