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NBMLHD commemorates Apology Day

11 Feb 2022

 

Today health care staff and members of the local community came together to mark the anniversary of the Apology to the Stolen Generations.

 

Alongside the theme, New Life New Beginnings, staff shared their stories and related this to the serious health inequities faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples whilst also acknowledging the strength, resilience and healing that has occurred.

 

They shared the work they are doing to better health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and look forward to a future of mutual respect, justice, equity and reconciliation.

 

Cathy Crowe, Acting Chief Executive recognised the resilience, strength and pride of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

 

“Every year, this is an important commemoration of the apology to the Stolen Generation and their families. We are sorry for the trauma and impact of previous practices that have caused distress for families and communities,” Cathy says.

 

“At Nepean Blue Mountains local Health District, we are committed to working in ways that keep Aboriginal families together and that we promote the dignity, history and richness of Aboriginal culture. We acknowledge the importance of connection to family, community and culture,” Cathy continued.

 

Karen Arblaster, Director Allied Health, Research and Strategic Partnerships, shared that hearing stories and learning from people’s experiences, no matter how hard they are to hear, is the essential first step in this process.

 

We want to ensure that Aboriginal people have a voice and we want to hear how we can better their experiences in our hospitals and improve the cultural safety of our services.

 

On 13 February 2008, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made a formal apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples during the Stolen Generation.

 

Thank you to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities for taking this journey with us.