This annual event recognises the rich history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, inviting everyone to learn about and celebrate the world's oldest continuous living cultures.

The significance of NAIDOC Week extends beyond festivities. It's an opportunity for education and understanding, fostering a deeper appreciation for First Nations cultures and histories. By participating in local events, you can support and connect with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, enriching your knowledge and respect for these diverse cultures. From cultural performances and art exhibitions to educational workshops and traditional ceremonies, these activities bring everyone closer to First Nations culture.

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is committed to Indigenous health. Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the traditional landowners of Australia, RACS works to promote health equity, increase Indigenous representation in surgery and create culturally safe environments.

RACS’ Indigenous Health Position Statement guides its initiatives, aligning with frameworks such as The Close the Gap Statement of Intent and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP). These commitments help prioritise Indigenous health, build a strong workforce and enhance services to meet the specific health needs of these communities effectively.

A key program is the RACS Indigenous Scholarship Program, which supports medical graduates and current trainees who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. By providing essential resources and opportunities, RACS empowers these individuals to pursue their surgical careers and contribute to their communities, addressing health disparities and ensuring a more representative healthcare workforce.

As we celebrate NAIDOC Week, let’s recognise the importance of promoting Indigenous health and well-being. Participate in NAIDOC Week activities and support initiatives aimed at improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Find local NAIDOC Week events here. Let’s embrace this opportunity to learn, celebrate and work towards a brighter future for all Australians.