Alila, 2, gives her mum Kate Stoneham a NAIDOC pin

NAIDOC Week is here!

NAIDOC Week is off to a very cute start here at Austin Health, with children from the Child Care Centre out in the wards handing out Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flag pins to staff.

Two year-old Alila handed out the first pin - to mum Kate, who is nurse unit manager on Ward 6 West!

Our Ngarra Jarra Aboriginal Health team have also been busy this morning, installing a poster retrospective, showcasing all 47 years of NAIDOC Week posters. Check it out anytime this week in the Austin Hospital foyer.

Current inaptients have been made aware of the week's activities (and invited to attend if they can), with a a NAIDOC Week celebration card placed on every inpatient lunch tray by Food Services staff.

As a special NAIDOC Week event, art therapist, Fiona Scottney, has brought ONJ Centre's indigenous art collection together for the first time in the exhibition The Language of Art: Truly Heard - on display in the level 3 walkway that connects the ONJ Centre to the rest of Austin Hospital.

"Our indigenous art collection makes up about 10 per cent of our whole art collection, but it is usually dispersed throughout the Centre," Fiona says.

"The exhibition aims to tap into the idea of ‘voice' from this year's NAIDOC theme Voice Treaty Truth. This is also the UN International Year of Indigenous Languages. I saw art as an extension of that, as art is the way that Aboriginal stories are captured and recorded," says Fiona.

Our official event program starts with tomorrow's Welcome to Country with Wurundjeri Elder Uncle Colin Hunter at 1.30pm tomorrow in the Wellness Courtyard, followed by afternoon tea in the Wellness Centre.

Details for all our NAIDOC Week events can be found on the Hub.

See an album from the week for far on Facebook.