A new event video has been released to celebrate the one-month anniversary of the launch of a new strategy, intended to close the gap at Westmead.
The Westmead Redevelopment project’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legacy Strategy and Action Plan was launched on Wednesday, 8 May 2018, in front of staff, community members, Aboriginal Elders and special guests, including Member for Parramatta Dr Geoff Lee.
The strategy makes a number of commitments to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, with a focus on creating a welcoming, safe and connected environment in the new hospital building and refurbished spaces.
During the event, Dr Lee said: “on behalf of the NSW Government, can I congratulate all the partners. For the Elders, thank you for your input into this important strategy in terms of how we actually embed Aboriginal culture, Aboriginal welcoming, making it a safe place that we can actually do good things for the community.”
Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network Aboriginal health management advisor Lisa Crawford said: “I’m so thankful for the team that I have collaborated with and their ability to catch the vision.”
Westmead Redevelopment executive director Leena Singh noted the importance of Leanne Tobin’s stunning dragonfly artwork Dance of the Dragonflies, which is shown in the video, and was developed to celebrate the launch of the strategy.
“It’s not about a bit of artwork that you put up on a wall and one day, it just gets taken away. This is about embedding [the strategy] into the landscape and into the consciousness of all the people that walk by and see this,” Leena said.
Watch the video below or on our YouTube channel.