GV Health promotes Indigenous culture through food

Goulburn Valley Health assisted in promoting Indigenous culture through food on Wednesday 1 August by bringing together organisations from across the region for a special event.

GV Health hosted an Indigenous cultural education session at its Community Health site to raise awareness of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander bush tucker traditions and how services can embed this into their daily practices.

GV Health’s Health Promotion Officer, Lucy Stephens, says the initiative assisted in bringing Indigenous culture into people’s lives.

“This event further assisted in creating a sense of belonging and inclusion in the Shepparton region by celebrating traditional Indigenous culture and heritage in food”,” Ms Stephens said.

“Organisations attending the event learned how to prepare traditional bush tucker, how to grow traditional plants, and how to bring an Indigenous touch to their day-to-day foods.”

“As National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day occurred on the 4th August it’s a time for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to celebrate the strengths and culture of their children. GV Health recognises the importance of our local culture and are proud to host this event.”

Primary Care Director, Julyan Howard, says the event is just one way GV Health celebrates local Aboriginal heritage.

“GV Health takes an active role in recognising and celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture,” he said.

“Historically, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people may find a hospital environment a little unfamiliar. By holding events such as this it sends the message that we aim to enhance the sense of belonging and inclusion Indigenous people feel in the clinical and community health settings.”