Ella Darling, Project Officer, NSW Council for Intellectual Disability Good morning, everyone. If you could take your seats, we're ready to get started. Welcome everyone to the New South Wales Intellectual Mental Health Hub launch. My name is Ella Darling and I work for the Council for Intellectual Disability. I have Rachel Spencer that will be assisting me today. And we're excited.

Rachel Spencer, Senior Manager, Inclusion, NSW Council for Intellectual Disability Excited to be here today

Ella Darling  Yes.

Rachel Spencer  to MC this event. Absolutely. Ella's a very experienced advocate and a member of CID. Emceeing is not something we've done a lot of in the last 12 months. So, it's fabulous to be here at an event. And the word MC is quite an interesting one. So, we had a bit of a chat about that yesterday that we are the masters of ceremony. We would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land that we're meeting on today: the Gadigal people of the Eora nation. We pay our respects to elders past, present, and emerging. And we'd like to particularly acknowledge Aboriginal people joining us today, here at UTS, but also at home or at work online.

Ella Darling We would like to welcome Alan Murray, uncle.

Rachel Spencer To welcome us to country, thanks.

Uncle Alan Murray, Metropolitan Land Council Good morning. My name is Alan Murray, or some will say uncle, but I prefer to be called uncle Alan. I suppose one of those things about doing this type of ceremony is also to remember this. There are two things: when it rains, our creative beyond me says he cries for the loss of our people. Two: I suppose, when, when there's been a lot of rains it washes the way the footprints. I agree with that too. Yeah. It washes away the footprints of where you've walked. So, remember this. We're on the seventh floor of this building. We're down to the foundation and we're talking about 40,000 years, 60,000 years, 120,000 years whereby Aboriginal and Torres Islander people have been on this continent. We have survived all the atrocities: fire, flooding, and whatever but we're still here. I suppose that's a testament of our culture is that we can remain. We have protected this continent through the worst, and we will continue to do so.

I suppose as part of this launch that you are going forward in to ensure that the clienteles that you service are going to be served well. The Metropolitan Local Land Councils are custodians of these lanes here in Sydney, and we're on Gadigal land. And I pay respects to the elders' past, present, and future leaders and emerging as well. So, on behalf of the Metropolitan Local Land Council, welcome to Gadigal land. And there is one thing that we want you to do: respect us respect you, show the leadership, and show the commitment. And thank you very much.

Ella Darling Thank you Alan Murray, uncle. At CID, I do many roles. I've been part of a grateful New South Wales. Rachel, can you remind us what the group is called?

Rachel Spencer Sure. It's the Intellectual Disability Mental Health N D I S residual functions program, evaluation, reference group. A long name and as you will hear today, important programs and services often do have long names. Ella, can you tell us why work in the intellectual disability/mental health area is really important?

Ella Darling I think it's important for people with intellectual disability to have mental health service, get help, wellbeing. Wellbeing is about how people how they feel and how they do. I think Intellectual Mental Health Hub is very important. The hub is a place where people can come together and to make life better. The hub is helping people with intellectual to have a better health. It's all great that you have come here today at the launch of the hub.

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