Flinders Rural and Remote Health NT staff and students have been busy celebrating and attending NAIDOC 2022 events.
The Deadly Cup Carnival kicked off the week of celebrations on Sunday with students and staff engaging with the community to hand out goody bags, public health information and teaching youth basic medical knowledge such as identifying body parts and hearing one’s heartbeat.
The Deadly Cup is the largest NAIDOC Week event in the NT.
NT Medical Program students also sourced other promotional items from NT health organisations to give to attendees for the Deadly Cup. These resources such as temporary tattoos, and ‘clean faces, strong eyes’ wristbands and stickers also provided an avenue for NTMP students to again promote healthy living.
On Monday morning Karen Kurnoth, and Yr 2 NTMP students Jai and Ethan again volunteered their time representing Flinders in the NT and fired up the barbie to serve egg and bacon sandwiches at the NAIDOC Flag Raising Ceremony.
The Flinders Poche SA+NT team also organised two orations – one in Darwin and one in Alice Springs to discuss pertinent issues affecting the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
NAIDOC Week is a time to celebrate and acknowledge the important and rich culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
At Flinders in the NT medical education and research has a focus on improving health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
About 20 per cent of Flinders in the NT staff are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
NAIDOC Week runs from July 3 to 10 and this year’s theme is Get up, Stand Up, Show Up.
In other NAIDOC Week news Associate Professor Maree Meredith, Director of the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, was awarded one of three inaugural Melbourne Business School Foundation Indigenous Leadership Scholarships.
Associate Professor Meredith, who is based in Darwin received the scholarship in person at a presentation ceremony on Sunday.
Designed to empower First Nations business leaders, the scholarships will cover full tuition for recipients to take part in any of Melbourne Business School’s MBA programs.