NAIDOC Week 2019

NAIDOC Week is  an opportunity to come together in honoring the history, achievements and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Join GPRA in 2019 celebrating from the 7th to the 14th of July. The theme for NAIDOC week is Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let’s work together for a shared future.

What is NAIDOC Week

During NAIDOC Week, all Australians are invited to come together in celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culture and history. Organisations around the country host these activities to show their own support, creating fantastic opportunities to be involved in local events that highlight the diversity and achievements of Australia’s First Nations. Wherever you are in Australia, there’s sure to be an event near you!

The centrepiece of NAIDOC Week is the annual National Awards Ceremony, hosted each year in a different city.  The focus city and setting for the 2019 Awards Ceremony is Canberra, on the lands of the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people. 

NAIDOC Week honours individuals around Australia by recognising achievement and significant accomplishments across 10 different categories, such as Artist of the Year, Person of the Year, and the Caring for Country Award.


What is the history of NAIDOC Week?

Early Aboriginal organisations in the 1920s and 1930s, including the Aborigines Progressive Association and the Australian Aborigines League, sought recognition for the rights of Indigenous people, but were frustrated by a lack of progress.

A pivotal moment occurred on Australia Day in 1938, also known as the “Day of Mourning,” where Aboriginal protestors marched through Sydney and held a meeting in Australia Hall on the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet. 

Following this, support continued to grow for a regular gathering each year. The annual event was held in various forms between 1940 and 1991, a period which included the creation of the National Aborigines Day Observance Committee, or NADOC. In 1991, the committee settled on its current name, and became the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, and the modern NAIDOC Week was born. 

NAIDOC Week continues to flourish in 2019, and the organising committee now consists of representatives from across the country. 


How Can I Get Involved?

NAIDOC Week is all about participation, so head over to the events page to find local celebrations near you throughout the week!


NAIDOC Week Events

This year, NAIDOC week focuses on the diversity of Australia’s Indigenous languages. If you have patients who are native speakers of one of Australia’s first languages, we suggest brushing up on the fantastic resources below.

Commdoc: Community Consultation Language App by Northern Territory General Practice Training (NTGPE)

This app is a language tool developed for health professionals in the Northern Territory, designed to provide translations of common medical consultation phrases in the languages of the Northern Territory. Available on Android, Apple or on the web. Find it at CommDoc.

If you work in NT, SA, WA or QLD, find out how to book and work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander interpreter services when necessary to ensure good communication with your patients:

Northern Territory: Aboriginal Interpreter Service (AIS)

Western Australia: Aboriginal Interpreting WA

Queensland: 2M Languages Services (contracted by QLD Government)

South Australia: Interpreting and Translating Centre


Other ways to get involved:

  • Tune in to watch the NAIDOC Awards Ceremony live on NITV on Saturday 6th July, on Channel 34 or NITV on Demand
  • Learn more about the History of NAIDOC Week here
  • Most capital and regional cities host a NAIDOC Week March, so keep an eye out for the date and time on the NAIDOC events page.

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