Quality of care report 2012/13

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NAIDOC Week

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NAIDOC Week stands for the National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee.

An internal competition was held at GV Health to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2012.

There were five excellent and creative entrants for the competition, from the intensive care unit, engineering, Grutzner House, Community Health and Tatura Parkvilla Aged Care facility.

According to the Aboriginal Liaison Officers, Cynthia Scott and Carol Collie, it was really difficult to select one winner because all the entries were so good.

The Intensive Care Unit played peaceful indigenous music throughout the week for patients, visitors and staff to enjoy.

They established an Aboriginal-inspired mural across the nurses' desk, which was added to by staff, patients and visitors.

They also held two in-service education sessions; to highlight the importance of asking patients whether they are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island descent. Cynthia and Carol attended the first session and explained to staff why this question is important.

At the second session, Paul Briggs OAM was invited to speak on the same topic, and also talked about the history of the local Aboriginal community.

Grutzner House displayed flags, posters and spiritual poems in the foyer. Residents created individual, Aboriginal paintings and native plants were planted in the courtyard garden.

Community Health presented a display and held an afternoon tea and yarning circle. The story of Tiddalick was narrated and its message discussed...that if we all work together with a common goal, then ultimately the outcome will lead to the conquering of adversity and benefit for all.

Tatura Parkvilla Aged Care held a week of activities, including Dreamtime stories, Aboriginal art displays and craft activities for residents using wooden Australian animals painted to create a picture and dot paintings. They also played Aboriginal music and DVDs and talked about bush tucker and the history of Aboriginal people. On the Wednesday, all staff wore black, yellow and red.

AND...the winner of the 2012 NAIDOC Week competition, was the Engineering department, which held a camp BBQ lunch near the workshop. Kangaroo stew was cooked on an outdoor fire, along with damper, potatoes and bananas with chocolate. All the staff joined the talking circle around the fire for a yarn

The Aboriginal Liaison Officers said that the atmosphere was all inclusive and there was a great showing of spirit, respect and understanding in the circle.