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Health Infrastructure collaborates with First Nations communities to advance reconciliation journey

In recognition of National Reconciliation Week, Health Infrastructure (HI) reaffirms its commitment to advancing its reconciliation journey, building on our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan.

The theme for National Reconciliation Week 2024, is "Now More Than Ever," and a time to reflect and learn about our shared histories and cultures and the role we all play.

Our Reconciliation Action Plan acknowledges the unique opportunity we have to listen to and learn from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and stakeholders as we plan, design and deliver culturally safe healthcare facilities across NSW.   

One of the projects embodying this spirit of collaboration and community is the newly opened Tweed Valley Hospital. The facility’s planning and design has been enriched by engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members, facilitated through the establishment of a dedicated Working Group. 

Representatives included Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations within the Tweed-Byron region as well as community Elders, stakeholders, and representatives from the Northern NSW Local Health District Aboriginal Health team.

The Groups overall aim was to help shape the planning and design of the new hospital, to ensure it is a welcoming and safe place for all, while also fostering an authentic partnership with the project team.

Artworks throughout the hospital and campus celebrate and recognise the rich cultural heritage of the region, including a symbolic glass artwork by Yaegl artist Frances Belle Parker and a vibrant mural by local Aboriginal students from Caldera School.

Inspired by themes of country, waterways, and personal cultural journeys, the artworks play a crucial role in fostering a culturally safe environment for all.

In addition to the artistic elements, the hospital grounds promote cultural inclusivity and identity through the careful selection of native plants and trees, guided by local Aboriginal Elder Uncle Franc Krasna.

This approach enhances the beauty of the space while fostering a connection to local Aboriginal traditions and knowledge.

Health Infrastructure remains committed to meaningful action towards reconciliation, aiming to achieve culturally appropriate outcomes for Aboriginal and Tores Strait Islander communities.
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