NAIDOC Week celebrations at USQ

USQ to host NAIDOC Week events in Ipswich and Springfield

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is inviting the community to join NAIDOC Week events, celebrating the significant roles Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played in all communities across Australia.

The theme of 2018 NAIDOC Week (July 8-15) is ‘Because of Her, We Can’, and USQ will be hosting events at its campuses at Ipswich and Springfield.

Both events have been organised by USQ’s College for Indigenous Studies, Education, and Research.

The first event, to be held at USQ Ipswich on Monday (July 9), will celebrate eight decades of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses and midwives, and the contributions they have made to society.

Event organiser Dr Odette Best, an Associate Professor in USQ’s School of Nursing and Midwifery, said it was important that both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people knew about the history of Aboriginal and Tories Strait Islander nurses and midwives.

“We are extremely fortunate and honoured to have eight inspirational nurses and midwives, including Aunty Dulcie Flower, joining us on the day,” Dr Best said.

“By sharing their stories, we gain a better understanding of the challenges they faced and can recognise them for their considerable commitment to Indigenous health in this country.”

On Tuesday (July 10), a group of senior Aboriginal women will share their expertise in Indigenous health, education and community development as part of a panel discussion in Springfield.

The panel will include Aboriginal activist Professor Gracelyn Smallwood.

NAIDOC Week is held in July each year and is an opportunity to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

For more information, or to register, visit NAIDOC Week.

What: NAIDOC - Honouring Elder Professionals of Nursing and Midwifery
When: Monday, July 9, 9-10.30am
Where: Auditorium, USQ Ipswich

What: NAIDOC - Panel Discussion
When: Tuesday, July 10, 10am-12.30pm
Where: Auditorium, USQ Springfield

Aunty Dulcie Flower will be honoured at USQ Ipswich on Monday.