The NAIDOC 2021 theme – Heal Country! – invites Australia to embrace First Nations’ cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia’s national heritage.
“Country that is more than a place and inherent to our identity. Country that we speak about like a person, sustaining our lives in every aspect – spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially, and culturally,” the National NAIDOC Committee says.
DTA’s ‘Indigenous Aged Care Design Guide’ is one of a series of popular environmental design resources developed by DTA – and the need to build in ways to practically sustain connections with Country is a central idea in this resource.
From the first planning stages of a development, through to ensuring good views to Country and maintaining ongoing community links, there are a number of important ways in which links to Country can be supported by good design.
The guide is a resource to assist in the design, construction, ongoing assessment and maintenance of residential aged care facilities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is aimed at anyone who is involved in providing aged care services to Indigenous people, including community councils, Indigenous workers, architects, project managers, trades people and government officials.