The Australian Council on Healthcare Standards International would like to acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of this land (we now call Sydney) and pay our respects to the Elders both past and present. We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional custodians of our land – Australia.
Traditional owners and custodians are the terms used to describe the original Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples who inhabited an area. Traditional custodians today are descendants of these original inhabitants and have continuing spiritual, cultural, political and often physical connection with land where their ancestors lived.
Indigenous Australians are descended from the people who lived in Australia and the surrounding islands prior to European colonisation. Generally speaking, there are two distinct groups of Indigenous people in Australia - Torres Strait Islanders, who come from the Torres Strait Islands north of Cape York in Queensland, and Aboriginal people, who come from all other parts of Australia.
"Acknowledgment of Country is a very important way of giving Aboriginal people back their place in society, and an opportunity for us...to pay respect, in a formal sense, and following traditional custom in a symbolic way.” - Joy Murphy Wandin