The “Welcome to Country” and “Acknowledgement of Country” recognise the unique position of Aboriginal people in Australian culture and history.
Aboriginal people are the Original Custodians of our land. It is important this unique position is recognised and incorporated as part of the official protocol and events to enable the wider community to share in our culture and heritage, assisting better relationships between Aboriginal people, local Aboriginal members and the wider community.
By integrating Aboriginal Acknowledgements and Ceremonies into official events and daily proceedings, community organisations, government agencies, private business/corporations and the wider community can provide opportunities to recognise and pay respect to Aboriginal people’s culture and heritage. They also highlight the importance and promote mutual respect and understanding of the cultural heritage of Aboriginal people and our traditional lands.
What is the difference between a Welcome to Country and an Acknowledgement of Country?
A Welcome to Country is a formal welcome onto Aboriginal Land given by an elder or person of that land. Official events such as open days or official openings should include a Welcome to Country by the appropriate local Aboriginal Elder. You can contact your Local Aboriginal Land Council to find out who the most appropriate person for the Welcome to Country is in your community.
An Acknowledgement of Country involves any person from the general community paying their respects to the traditional custodians of the land. A sample of the wording you may wish to use is given below.
When to give an Acknowledgement of Country
Acknowledgement of country can be incorporated into team meetings, board meetings, training events, interagency meetings, conferences and any other celebratory events. It is also good practice to include an Acknowledgement of Country in your official documents such as the annual report, policies and procedures manual, client information pack and staff induction manual.
The Community Care sector represents a group of programs and services which have been established to provide support to the aged, people with disabilities and the people who care for them. The supports provided are intended to enable the aged and people with disabilities to live in their own homes and remain in their community with the services provided reflecting the particular needs of the location they reside in.
Domestic assistance is a service aimed at helping the aged and people with disabilities to live and be independent in their own homes by providing assistance with light household tasks such as cooking, cleaning, dishwashing, clothes washing, ironing or shopping.
Home maintenance is a service aimed at helping the aged and people with disabilities to live and be independent in their own homes by providing assistance with the upkeep and repair of their home such as changing light bulbs, replacing tap washers, repairing roof guttering and other basic home maintenance to ensure the house is a safe place to live.
Respite care is the support for carers of people with disabilities and the aged through the provision of alternative care for short term breaks from their caring role. The type of respite is both flexible and responsive to the needs of the carers and the person being cared for and is intended to provide positive experiences for both the carers and the person being cared for.
What is included in transport assistance?The NESST Team2023-01-12T16:02:10+11:00
Transport assistance can be provided to the aged and people with disabilities for both essential appointments and social activities. Transport options are available for both groups and individuals and may include transport to and from medical appointments, to do shopping, to attend social events and to meet a variety of other needs. Transportation is generally provided either by service provider cars or buses, a volunteer’s car, by taxi and other forms of public transport depending on the needs of the individual and the availability of transport options in your region.
Social support is the provision of assistance to the aged and people with disabilities either in the home or the community to help meet the needs for social contact and community participation. Examples of assistance may include help with writing letters, reading, using computers for email communications or web access, telephone calls, visiting friends or participating in community activities.
What may be included in home modifications?The NESST Team2023-01-12T16:03:12+11:00
The aged and people with disabilities may require home modifications to enable them to live in their own homes and remain in their community. Modifications may include renovations or alterations to enable them to move around their home safely including access ramps, emergency alarms, easy to use taps and handles, handrails and automatic lighting.
For more information about about the Community Care Sector, call us on 02 6772 3590