NAIDOC stands for the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, and the week is a time to celebrate Indigenous culture in Australia.
“NAIDOC Week is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities but by Australians from all walks of life, including those here at Blue Care,” said Robyn Batten, Blue Care executive director.
“It’s a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to Blue Care, and also our country and society as a whole," she added.
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Blue Care has a strong commitment to closing the gap in life expectancy, wellbeing and health between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the rest of the community.
Blue Care Indigenous Services provide culturally appropriate and responsive care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders people in North Queensland. Services include residential aged care, community care, and services supporting drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
The four residential aged care services offer a total of 138 beds. Services are located in Cairns, Townsville and Thursday Island, and 80% of the staff at these locations are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander decent.
The organisation has been improving its cultural capabilities at all levels since its Indigenous Care Strategy was created in 2005.
Blue Care is also a signatory of UnitingCare Queensland’s Reconciliation Action Plan – the second of which was launched this year.
The plan builds on the work UnitingCare Queensland’s service groups have already taken towards reconciliation and pledges a commitment of continuing to help achieve equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in terms of life expectancy, health, education, employment, and opportunity.
Blue Care is a not for profit organisation that works in partnership with clients, families and other health providers to support 13,000 people every day with tailor made services that maintain their independence, personal wellbeing, community connections and quality of life. Services are offered in people’s homes, in the community, in residential aged care facilities and retirement living villages.