Wiradjuri focus on health for NAIDOC Week

Yindyamala mayinygalanggu," is the Wiradjuri First Nation peoples language for, "give honour and respect to all people."

They were the words of Pejar Local Aboriginal Land Council chairperson, Chelsea Boney, at a NAIDOC Week celebration at Crookwell District Hospital on Tuesday.

NAIDOC Week: Richard Shipp, Chelsea Boney, Alison Toole, Debbie Hay, Janene Greenwood and Kimberley Green at the Crookwell District Hospital's morning tea in support of NAIDOC Week. Photo: Clare McCabe

NAIDOC Week: Richard Shipp, Chelsea Boney, Alison Toole, Debbie Hay, Janene Greenwood and Kimberley Green at the Crookwell District Hospital's morning tea in support of NAIDOC Week. Photo: Clare McCabe

The morning tea was held by the Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD).

SNSWLHD Aboriginal Health team leader Richard Shipp said there was movement towards positive change.

"It's a good time, we have the momentum of NAIDOC Week and the appointment of Ken Wyatt as the first Indigenous Minister for Indigenous Affairs. He and the shadow minister are working together, so watch this space," Mr Shipp said.

"NAIDOC is traditionally about celebrating the achievements of [Indigenous persons] and the culture is really strong. It's a positive time to make positive change."

The theme this year is "Voice, treaty and truth."

Mr Shipp said it was about sharing a culture that belongs to us all.

Also a board member of the Pejar Local Aborginal Land Council, Mr Shipp said people who identify as an Aboriginal can join the council to indulge in the culture and carry on traditions in the community.

He also said confirmation of Aboriginality may be applied for through the council.

Mr Shipp and Aboriginal Mental Health worker Kimberley Green of SNSWLHD, spoke to staff at Crookwell Hospital about health programs offered to First Nation people.

In July, the NSW Department of Health released a guide for its staff to provide guidance on appropriate word usage when working with Aboriginal people and communities.