A time to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, NAIDOC Week (2-9 July) is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth.


This year’s theme #ForOurElders celebrates all those who have played, and continue to play, an important role and hold a prominent place in our communities and families.


We asked a couple of our RAMHP Coordinators what this year’s theme means to them:


“Elders are our counsellors or our moral compass in a way. They pick us up in our low moments, comfort us, guide us and pave the way for us to take the journey that we can take today for our wellbeing, growth and healing. So, for #naidocweek, let’s show our appreciation and recognise all the things they do.”
Bronte Lee, Far West RAMHP Coordinator



“Elders pass down and share their knowledge, paving the way for Indigenous people today. This #naidocweek showcases the many sacrifices our elders have made for Aboriginal people to prosper today.”
Orry Berry, Mid North Coast RAMHP Coordinator



Our Northern NSW RAMHP Coordinator, Sam Osborne kicked off #naidocweek celebrations in a big way in Clarence by supporting an Indigenous Round of rugby league alongside a mental health and wellbeing day and Memorial Day for local Artist, elder and mental health advocate, the late Aunty Irene Daley.


A beautiful bench, ‘the ponder seat’ was unveiled under a fig tree, a space that encourages us all to take time out, to sit, reflect and enjoy the moment. First grade players also wore jerseys printed with Aunty Irene’s art.


Sam said it was a truly wonderful day with opportunities for us all to acknowledge and respect our Aboriginal Elders.