FIRST-TIME MUM SINGS PRAISES OF HEALTH WORKERS
I recently gave birth to my first child.
Throughout my pregnancy I attended the pregnancy care clinic at Wagga Wagga Base Hospital.
I gave birth at the Base, where I stayed as a patient for three nights.
After we were discharged we were visited by community health nurses at our home.
During my pregnancy, my time on the ward and while receiving care from community health, I was continually impressed by the high quality of care and assistance that we received.
Without exception, every worker I came into contact with was extremely hardworking, professional, friendly and supportive.
This included the midwives, nurses and doctors, the kitchen staff, the cleaners, physiotherapists, audiologists, the pastoral care volunteers and allied health care workers.
The care that my baby and I received was exceptional and the fantastic work they are doing should be acknowledged, particularly as they are working within an underfunded and under-resourced system.
I am so grateful to all those who cared for our family. Thank you!
Emily Hale, Ashmont
COLUMNIST'S CALL COMMENDED
Hooray for Ray Goodlass with his article's heartfelt calls during this NAIDOC Week ("It's time to compensate Stolen Generations", The Daily Advertiser, July 6).
Firstly, he urges financial compensation to Stolen Generation survivors.
And secondly, he emphasises the NAIDOC 'Heal country' theme, which means ending fossil fuel mining for its direct environmental damage and indirect via climate change.
Barbara Fraser, Burwood, Victoria
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SUPPORT TO START A NATIONAL COMPENSATION SCHEME
From Victoria, I would like to thank Ray Goodlass for his informative message ("It's time to compensate Stolen Generations", The Daily Advertiser, July 6).
He is right to remind us of the events of NAIDOC Week keeping the message of Indigenous Australia's presence front and centre in the attention of the public.
Without mentioning it in so many words, Ray reminds us as well of the richness of our First Peoples culture as brought home to all in the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
With people like Ray and Lidia Thorpe to interpret for us, we need to seize this generous offer described by the author Henry Reynolds as "by any fair measure the most significant gesture of accommodation and reconciliation ever made to settler Australia in 230 years".
I wish I could be confident that the federal government will move promptly to establish a national compensation scheme for survivors of the Stolen Generation.
An official commitment of the sort described by Ray would be one way of advancing the national healing process which can only build confidence in our identity as the oldest society in the world and at the same time one of the youngest.
John Gare, Kew East, Victoria
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