National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day
To celebrate National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day on August 4, all children who identified as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, received a special present – like 5-month-old Lakiah.
Aboriginal Liaison Officers, Jess and Isadora helped distribute the gifts.
“The best part was knowing that we brought awareness of the day to the Network staff and Aboriginal families. It brought so much joy to the patients as well.” said Isadora.
Our Aboriginal Liaison Officers work in the Aboriginal Liaison Unit and visit all Aboriginal inpatients at the Women's and Children's Hospital (WCH).
“We work closely and in partnership with clinical and non-clinical staff and have a collaborative approach to the health and wellbeing of all our Aboriginal families. We make sure Aboriginal families feel safe and welcome and receive the right care, support, and treatment during their stay.” said Jess
Jenny Fereday, Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery also helped to distribute the gifts:
“Although they were in hospital, it was great to see the smiles on the children’s and young people’s faces when they received a gift to brighten their day. I also loved seeing the relationship between the families and our Aboriginal Liaison staff.”
“Today is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, although the historical significance of this day is a reason to pause and reflect and then commit to continuing our journey of reconciliation,” said Jenny.
In addition to gifts for babies and young people in hospital, additional presents were delivered to Aboriginal patients across multiple sites within Metro Youth Health.
This year’s theme of the ‘My Dreaming, My Future’ recognises the family histories and ancestral connections that children carry with them while also shaping their own futures. The day is an opportunity for our staff to further acknowledge the importance of family, community, and Country for babies and young people across the Network.
The Women's and Children's Health Network (WCHN) is committed to improving health outcomes for Aboriginal women, children and families. For more information visit: