NAIDOC Week: Because of her we can

With NAIDOC Week celebrations being held across the country in July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, our Aboriginal Health Coordinator Kerri Colegate discusses how everyone can get involved in the activities, and how her mum inspires her each and every day.

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NAIDOC Week is celebrated not just in our Aboriginal communities but is increasingly being held across agencies, community organisations, local governments, organisations, schools and sporting groups.

This year’s theme "because of her we can", celebrates the essential role that women have played and continue to play as active and significant role models at community, local, state and national levels.

I encourage you to see what is happening in your local area and attend these events, so that you can immerse yourself in the culture and participate in the festivities they have to offer.

My inspriational mum

In line with this year's theme, I would like to introduce you to my mum, who continues to inspire me each and every day.

At the ripe old age of 70, my mum is still working full time in the mental health and disability sector.

Her work ethic and strength continue to amaze me, and to watch and learn from her is such a privilege that I treasure.

She has a wealth of knowledge and wisdom that is transmitted to me in a way that enables me to do the work that I do. I thank you mum.

It’s “because of her I can”. 


I encourage everyone to find out more about the history of NAIDOC Week and nearby NAIDOC events.

Kerri Colegate Aboriginal Health Coordinator

About the Author

Kerri Colegate is the Aboriginal Health Coordinator at St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals. The Aboriginal Health team supports patients through their hospital journey, including admissions and outpatient appointments. They are available to assist patients with any questions they may have or to simply have a yarn.

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