A voice for generations: Ngaire Denton

Ngaire Denton won the Midwife of the Year award at the 2023 Western Sydney Local Health District Nursing and Midwifery Awards in May. Pictured (centre) with Chandrika Subramaniyan (WSLHD Board Member) and Maria Lingam (WSLHD Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery)

“This year’s National Reconciliation Week theme, “Be a voice for generations” resonates strongly for me and my family.

“It’s important to recognise and acknowledge what my ancestors have been through, particularly through the dispossession of land, stolen generation and breakdown of culture ties.

“I am lucky enough to work within a field where I can empower women and families to lead a healthy and strong life.

“To truly close the gap, we must start at preconception, pregnancy, birthing and the postnatal period and empower in a respectful and culturally safe way.

“It is a true privilege to be in a position where I feel as though I can “be a voice for generations”- both for ancestors, and for mob emerging into the future.

“No matter what your stance, have a yarn. We are a strong community achieving great things – walk tall and strong.”

Ngaire Denton is a proud Wiradjuri woman and Registered Nurse and Midwife with the Westmead Hospital Dragonfly Midwifery program.

This National Reconciliation Week, Western Sydney Local Health District Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff speak to what the 2023 theme, “Be a voice for generations” means to them.