seven people standing close together in a group. two at the front holding a certificate.

Breanna Greenup, Mark Taylor, Natasha Wilson, Annette Heather, Anna Pascoe, Mila Rokodakunivosa and Andrew Bailey celebrate National Recognition Day for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners.

Celebrating our Aboriginal workforce

Aug 07, 2023

Today we recognise the incredible achievements and growth of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker and Health Practitioner workforce.  

These professionals play a crucial role in improving health and wellbeing outcomes within our Indigenous communities. 

This workforce has been a vital and reliable resource, providing accessible and culturally safe healthcare to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

We acknowledge the work undertaken across the District every day by our Aboriginal team members and thank them for their compassion, commitment and resilience.

Pictured are some of our dedicated Aboriginal Health Workers, who work across the Coffs Clinical and Hastings Macleay Networks, sharing a bit of their story. 

Man standing next to cupboard

Adrian Daley, Aboriginal Health Worker – Hastings Macleay Clinical Network.

“I am a proud Wiradjuri and Ngunnawal man.”

Family is what Adrian values most.

“Not just my direct family but all those others who I count as family, like the old bloke who lives on his own that you grab to go have a coffee and a yarn.”

Adrian Daley, Aboriginal Health Worker, Hastings Macleay

Breanna Greenup, Aboriginal Health Worker at Macksville District Hospital.

“I am a Gumbaynggirr woman who grew up in Bowraville. For me, being Aboriginal means lots of things: Identity, Connection, Kinship, Language, Art.

All of these things are a part of my culture and I love learning about all of it and knowing that this has all been passed down from my ancestors from generation to generation.”

Breanna Greenup, Aboriginal Health Worker, Macksville District Hospital

Donna Evans, Aboriginal Liaison Officer, Kempsey District Hospital.

“My family are Wiradjuri people from the Dubbo area. My spirituality is the most important thing to me. I value the spirituality we have, and the respect and care for the land.”

Donna Evans, Aboriginal Liaison Officer, Kempsey District Hospital

Natasha Donovan, Aboriginal Wellbeing Family Violence Prevention Officer.

“I am a proud, strong Dunghutti woman. Being Aboriginal means everything to me! It’s my identity. It means I’ve come from the longest culture in the world. I most value and admire our strength and resilience and that we are a strong, connected people through our land, songs, dreaming, spirituality and way of life.”  

Natasha Donovan, Aboriginal Wellbeing Family Violence Prevention Officer


Staff celebrated the day in a number of ways throughout the District. Click on the image below to view our gallery. 


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