Open door to health

THE Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative threw open its doors on Tuesday to highlight the services available to the local Aboriginal community.

BDAC invited people to its annual open day as part of NAIDOC week, where visitors enjoyed a sausage sizzle lunch and a guided tour of the Forest Street building.

There was also an opportunity to meet the staff behind the crucial service aimed at improving clinical and overall health of local Aboriginal people.

BDAC aged and disability program manager Sue Tuitupou said it was important for local Aboriginal people to understand what services were available for them.

"It's open for everyone in our community to use and we're constantly building on the services we have to offer," she said.

"The open day is also an opportunity for other community organisations to come in and see first-hand what we do here.

It's important to have a holistic approach to health care. - Jaydene Burzacott

"We hold it once per year during NAIDOC week as an opportunity to celebrate the works that goes on here."

Celebrating its 13th year, BDAC has about 800 visitors to its GP clinic per year and holds eight community programs.

The co-operative also offers family and childhood services, corporate services, clinical health support, referrals, aged and disability care and supports overall community health.

BDAC interim clinical manager Jaydene Burzacott said NAIDOC week was an opportunity to showcase the positive work being done in the local Aboriginal community.

"We aim at providing a safe place for people to come and improve their overall health," she said.

"It's important to have a holistic approach to health care."

NAIDOC week continued with a community and family day at Tarrengower Prison and a flag-raising ceremony at Bendigo Community Health Services.

Wednesday's events include a community morning tea at Bendigo Health from 10am and a children's day at the Bendigo Exhibition Centre from 10am.

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