Edition 21 — Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses and midwives

In this edition we spotlight the achievements and some of the challenges for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander colleagues and the ways you can get involved to support them. Yarning is a central part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. When we asked First Nations nurses and midwives to be part of this edition of our newsletter they jumped on board and told us they would like to tell their stories through yarning with us.
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This issue deals with sensitive issues related to the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in colonisation. If this topic raises sensitive or triggering feelings for you, consider whether now is a safe time to read it. Give Nurse & Midwife Support a call on 1800 667 877 if you would like to talk about what you are feeling.

Celebrating NAIDOC Week: For our Elders, 2-9 July 2023

In this issue
A portion of NAIDOC 2023 banner, the NAIDOC logo reads 'Celebrating NAIDOC Week'  

Elle Brown & Mark Aitken: Highlighting the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses and midwives

We’re celebrating the stories and work of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses and midwives this NAIDOC week. 

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headshot of Lesley Salem  

Podcast: Yarning with Lesley Salem, the first Aboriginal Nurse Practitioner

Wonnarua woman Lesley Salem speaks to us about her passion for nursing, her experiences of racism and her dedication to mentoring student nurses. 

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Dr Ali Drummond, CEO of CATSINaM  

Podcast: Cultural Safety with Dr Ali Drummond

CATSINaM CEO Dr Ali Drummond, a Meriam, Erubam and Wuthathi man, joins the podcast to explain why we need to embed Cultural Safety and Cultural Humility in academia, training and education. 

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Alexandrea Burton (left) and Aunty Gina Bundle (right)  

Podcast: Baggarrook Midwifery with Aunty Gina Bundle and Alexandrea Burton

Aboriginal Liaison Officer Aunty Gina Bundle, a Djiringanj, Walbunja woman, and midwife Alexandrea Burton, a Waradjuri woman, share how the Baggarrook Midwifery Service is recreating traditional practices in a contemporary setting, improving Culturally Safe care for First Nations patients and colleagues. 

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Part of a NAIDOC Week 2023 illustration, an elder participates in a ceremony  

Tessa Moriarty: Lessons I needed in Cultural Safety and Humility

Tessa explores the challenging experience of Cultural Safety education and explains why it was so important for her development as a mental health nurse. 

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