National Day of Recognition

Date and time

Wed, Aug 7, 2024, 12:01 AM —
Wed, Aug 7, 2024, 11:59 PM AEST

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NATIONAL DAY OF RECOGNITION FOR ABORIGINAL AND/OR TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER HEALTH WORKERS AND PRACTITIONERS

On 7 August annually , the National Association of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners (NAATSIHWP) invites the health sector and all Australians to help celebrate the achievements and evolution of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker and Health Practitioner workforce

Within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community this workforce is renowned as a vital and reliable resource critical to improved health and wellbeing outcomes. Yet, across mainstream Australia few would know, understand or recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners as stand-alone professions or, more significantly, that together the professions comprise the only culturally based health workforce underpinned by national training and registration in the world.

Unofficial accounts and narratives indicate the workforce was established by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people close to a century ago, in response to the need for geographically accessible and culturally safe health care. And, since this time under the guidance, knowledge and leadership of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the workforce has continued to grow and progress.

2024 CELEBRATION: More Men for Our Mob #NDoR2024

This year’s National Day of Recognition theme is ‘More Men for Our Mob’, which is a reminder to us all about the importance of increasing male participation in the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioner Workforce. Conversations with our members have revealed the percentage of men represented in the Workforce is disproportionate to the percentage of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander men who require cultural safe primary health care across the nation. National Day of Recognition celebrations across the country will be an opportunity to recognise and celebrate our male Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners whilst raising awareness about the need to encourage, training, recruit and retain more Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander men into the workforce.

PREVIOUS CELEBRATIONS

NDoR 2023 | NDoR 2022 | NDoR 2021

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