At BRHS, National Apology Day an Important Cultural Awareness Opportunity


It was a landmark moment in Australia’s history.

On February 13, 2008, then Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, delivered the National Apology to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples.

The Apology, as it has come to be known, acknowledged the government’s responsibility for the profound grief, suffering and loss inflicted on our fellow Australians, particularly those generations of children who were forcibly removed from their families and communities and placed into institutional care or with non-Indigenous foster families.

Now, National Apology Day marks the anniversary of this defining moment for our country.

Here at BRHS, National Apology Day is also an important opportunity to redouble our commitment to improving our relationship with the Gunaikurnai community.

On National Apology Day, Thursday, Feb. 13, our Aboriginal Health Unit has organised a cultural awareness training session for all BRHS staff.

Titled “Men’s Business/Women’s Business,” the session will be hosted by Aboriginal Health Unit staff and Rob Hudson from the Krowathunkooloong Keeping Place.

The training session is from 2 – 3 p.m. in the Lake King Meeting Room, and all staff are encouraged to attend. Bookings: Sue McInnes, on ext: 66324 or

Earlier in the week BRHS has organised tours for staff of the Krowathunkooloong Keeping Place in Bairnsdale.

The Krowathunkooloong Keeping Place aims to raise the profile and awareness of the Gunaikurnai people’s history of the Gippsland area and to build a better understanding of Aboriginal culture, history and heritage.

It provides a recognizable and centrally located complex and facilitates greater community awareness, understanding and pride in Aboriginal culture, arts and crafts.

Tour Dates and Times

  • Tuesday, Feb. 11
    • 2 – 3 p.m.
    • Staff to arrange their own transport to 37 Dalmahoy St, Bairnsdale.
  • Wed, Feb. 12.
    • 1:45 p.m.
    • A bus will depart from main reception at 1.45 p.m. (places are limited), or staff to arrange their own transport.

Bookings essential, Sue McInnes, on ext: 66324 or