On 16 March, UNSW’s Rural Clinical Campus in Albury conducted a Reconciliation & Relationship event with Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service (AWAHS). The event, which fell on national Closing the Gap day, recognised the importance of this partnership now and into the future.
AWAHS is a non-profit organisation that was developed to cater for the primary health care needs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their families. UNSW and AWAHS have been partnering to enable student cultural education and build clinical expertise when caring for and treating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients. This type of training for doctors and health workers is critical to addressing systemic health inequity.
The event included a Welcome to Country, smoking ceremony, speeches from members of the community and guided journey along the Yindyamarra sculpture walk.