National Reconciliation Week 2021

National Reconciliation Week, held annually between 27 May – 3 June provides an opportunity for everyone to come together to celebrate and build upon the respectful relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians.

It is also a time for us to share in the rich history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and to explore more ways in which we, as individuals and as a health network, can achieve reconciliation.



This year CALHN and the BioMed City Precinct will recognise National Reconciliation Week with a number of events and activities across the network.

Date / location Activity
27 May – 3 June
9am – 5pm daily
Open to everyone
Aboriginal art exhibition
View a selection of artwork, at this pop-up exhibition, from a range of up and coming Aboriginal artists at your own leisure. Artwork on display will also be available for purchase.
27 May – 3 June
9am – 5pm daily
Glenside Health Services
Open to everyone
Reconciliation display
Enjoy an informational display in the foyer area of the Learning and Administration building and learn more about the journey of reconciliation.
28 May
9:30am – 10.20am
Royal Adelaide Hospital
Open to everyone
Tree planting ceremony
All are welcome to join us in the planting of a Tuckeroo tree outside the Royal Adelaide Hospital. The planting of the tree will symbolise CALHN’s commitment to reconciliation. As the roots take hold in Kaurna Country, it will represent the connection between all people and the land and our journey, working together, towards closing the gap in health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.
28 May
10.30am – 11.30am
Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Hub
Open to everyone
Morning tea
Following the tree planting ceremony, community and staff are welcome to come together in the Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Hub for a morning tea. You will have the opportunity to network and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture whilst light refreshments are served.
8 June
Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre
Open to staff, patients and their families
Staff, patient and student art class and morning tea
Students from Blair Athol Birth to Seven School will visit staff and patients at HRC in the spirit of community and this year’s Reconciliation Week theme, ‘More than a word’.
Staff are invited to come along and join in on the gift giving and presentation of a commitment to reconciliation. This statement represents HRC’s commitment to providing a culturally safe space for Aboriginal people and families. Attendees will also enjoy a morning tea.



Staff are also encouraged to come together in their teams and share Aboriginal words, phrases or people they have researched or collectively colour in this year’s reconciliation artwork, Action, by Jessica Johnson.

This piece of art represents the story of the land and community sharing the united call for action on reconciliation.

‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples have been listening to the heartbeat of the land and sea for generations. With their rainbow shaped souls the spirits ask for us to join and make reconciliation more than a word, take action. We need to love one another and every aspect of the existing environment and community – we all have a role to play.’


Corporate templates

To coincide with National Reconciliation Week CALHN has launched a new suite of corporate templates which feature CALHN’s reconciliation artwork by artist Allan Sumner.

Named Wardli Purrutinthi ‘Place to live or to be alive’, it represents CALHN’s importance in improving the health and wellbeing of South Australians by delivery integrated world-class care. To find out more about the meaning behind the artwork visit the Reconciliation page.

These templates are available to staff across the network and will be used internally and externally for a broad range of communications.


Name badges

Aboriginal name badges for staff who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander have also been rolled out across the network.

These badges also feature the CALHN reconciliation artwork and will help colleagues and patients identify the cultural background of our staff. This initiative aims to improve cultural awareness, foster healthy conversations and build understanding between colleagues as well as patients and their families.


To find out more about CALHN’s ongoing commitment to reconciliation view our Reconciliation Action Plan.

Central Adelaide LHN acknowledges the traditional owners of the lands on which its sites are located. We respect their spiritual relationship with their country and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to living Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people today.


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