Acknowledgement of country
The faculty acknowledges the traditional custodians of this land, the Wangal People of the Eora Nation. We pay respect to Elders past and present and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Wangal Country lies south of the Parramatta River from Cockle Bay to Rosehill – the area known as the Wann. The Cumberland Plain Woodland located adjacent to this Campus are remnants of the former landscape of the Wann. We invite you as you walk around the Cumberland Campus to reflect on the traditional owners, who walked before you on this land for thousands of years, and silently pay your respects.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health & Engagement
The University of Sydney believes in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation at every level of our study, work and research. It is a core part of the purpose of our university. Having a appointed a Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Indigenous Strategy and Services has been pivotal in the development and integration of the Wingara Mura – Bunga Barrabugu strategy that sets out detailed initiatives across the University to support our promotion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reconciliation statement affirms that ‘the University is committed to creating an environment in which the rich and diverse cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are known, promoted, and celebrated’. In collaboration with this Reconciliation statement the Faculty of Health Sciences are equally committed and have in turn developed our own vision statement where ‘all FHS graduates and staff have positive appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage and excellent capacity to contribute to optimising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health’. The achievement of our vision in this context has required re-framing of our curricula and cultural competency training for our staff, so that we can clearly articulate how our graduates can meet these changing needs.