Smoking ceremony for commencement of enabling works November 2022
NAIDOC Week will be held across Australia from this Sunday 2 July to Sunday 9 July 2023, celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This year's theme is For Our Elders who have played, and continue to play, an important role and hold a prominent place in our communities and families. They are cultural knowledge holders, trailblazers, nurturers, advocates, teachers, survivors and leaders.

Local Elders and community members play an important role in helping shape the RPA Hospital Redevelopment. Their shared knowledge is informing the planning, design and delivery of the project, so the health and wellbeing of patients, carers, staff, visitors and the community will continue to be supported in a culturally safe way.

Health Infrastructure and Sydney Local Health District are committed to working in partnership with the Aboriginal community-controlled organisations, the District’s Aboriginal staff, our Aboriginal patients and the Aboriginal community to further incorporate Aboriginal culture into the hospital.

Sydney local health District has strong partnerships with Aboriginal Medical Services Redfern and the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Lands Council. This work builds on those longstanding relationships.

By embedding culture, the redevelopment project team hopes to pay tribute to the traditional custodians of the land on which the hospital is built, creating a culturally safe healthcare setting for all.

We thank the valued members of the Aboriginal Community Working Group for their time, wisdom, expertise and guidance to ensure the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Redevelopment delivers a place that meets the health needs of Aboriginal patients and Aboriginal communities now and well into the future.

Find our more in our Connecting With Country Fact Sheet