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Understanding, Celebrating & Caring for Australia Day

Posted 2 months ago

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​Australia Day means many different things to many different people.

It could mean a day to sit back at Bondi with a BBQ before your night shift; or to enjoy the city’s events after your day shift; or just a day to change out of your scrubs and into your swimmers.

Whatever Australia Day means to you, it probably revolves around togetherness.  But that togetherness means understanding, celebrating, and cherishing each other—especially on Australia Day.

Understand Australia’s Past

Similar to the conversations within the health industry about Closing The Gap, you may have heard conversations about changing the date of Australia Day. These are necessary conversations to be had, because it helps us acknowledge societal differences and understand where we’ve come from.

Like all cultures, there are certain aspects of our history that can be delicate. Part of Australia’s delicate history is January 26th, the day it was colonized.  Although it can be harsh to reflect on this, it’s essential to acknowledge the events of our past to be able to move into a more inclusive society and future.

Events throughout Sydney like the Yabun Festival and the WugulOra Morning Ceremony explore traditions of Australia’s indigenous people and can educate us on a different perspective of Australia Day.

Celebrate Australia’s Culture

Australia has been through a lot this year already. And as sad as it has been to watch flames ambush the country, one thing that can be showed from it is how we can all come together when the going gets tough. It shows the ‘fair dinkum’, ‘true blue’ spirit that is Australia, and that spirit should be celebrated with friends, colleagues, and anyone who makes Australia what it is to you.

A Twilight Party for Bushfire Relief, plus many other events raising money for bushfire relief charities will celebrate our firies and Australia’s comradeship. Australia Day festivals being held from Blacktown to Bondi will bring everyone together for a well-deserved dance. Bran Nue Dae, an aboriginal musical theatre production, also helps celebrate current indigenous culture while exploring the heart of the outback.

 Care For Australia

As nurses, empathy is built into who we are. We respect everyone for who they are no matter what walk of life they come from, and do everything in our power to care for our neighbours. Australia’s culture is almost identical to this mindset. This weekend can be a moment to cherish who we are as professionals and people, and to celebrate who and what Australia is.

From making a difference in the health industry to empowering future generations’ nurses, Australia understands, celebrates, and cherishes you everyday. And this weekend we get one day to do the same in return—all while having a little fun.

NNA is fundraising for the Red Cross Bush Fire Relief and will be matching dollar for dollar or every donation. If you would like to donate, please click here.. gf.me/u/xcdmbp

Thanks for your support.