ACT Health Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Awards 2017

NAIDOC Week is held annually in the first week of July.

This year, NAIDOC Week will run from 2 – 9 July 2017. The theme for this year is ‘Our Languages Matter’; the importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages will be the focus of national celebrations.

NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to come together to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC Week arose from an Aboriginal rights group of the 1920s that sought to increase awareness of the status and treatment of Aboriginal people.

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) runs annually from 27 May – 3 June. These dates mark two milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey: The 1967 referendum and the historic Mabo decision, respectively. In previous years, there have been two annual awards events organised by ACT Health; one in Reconciliation Week and one in NAIDOC week. This year, the awards’ ceremony is combined and celebrated on the 13 July 2017.

Nominations have opened, with two major awards being presented:

ACT Health NAIDOC Award:
Recognises the efforts of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person working within ACT Health, community organisations funded by ACT Health, Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service or Gugan Gulwan Aboriginal Youth Centre.

ACT Health Reconciliation Recognition Award:
Recognises someone who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to Reconciliation and improving health care delivery and services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This award is open to all staff from ACT Health and community organisations funded by ACT Health.

Know someone who deserves recognition for their commitment?

The nomination form is to be completed by a Manager who supports the nominee and endorsed by the relevant Executive Director/ Director and submitted to the Executive Director, Policy and Stakeholder Relations by no later than COB Wednesday, 5 July 2017.

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