NAIDOC Week celebrations continue at Westmead

Bhauneet Kaur colours-in at The Children's Hospital at Westmead

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead continued the NAIDOC Week 2018 celebrations this week.

The Westmead Redevelopment helped the hospital celebrate with a colouring-in station for kids!

The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network director of community relations and marketing Gilly Paxton said patients, children, parents, visitors and staff enjoyed participating in activities held in the main entrance of the hospital.

“There was lots of excitement at the Westmead Redevelopment project’s table, with the colouring station proving popular with both children and adults,” she said.

Visitors enjoyed working on the project’s new colouring sheet, which features a dragonfly design from Darug artist Leanne Tobin - an earlier version of her work Dance of the Dragonflies.

Visitors to the table also took home free balloons and badges featuring dragonflies, along with copies of the redevelopment’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legacy Strategy and Action Plan, which was launched in May 2018.

This year’s NAIDOC Week theme is: “Because of Her, We Can!”

Gilly said: “it’s timely to celebrate the significant impact made by Aboriginal women within families, within friendship and community groups, and in many healthcare spaces, including hospitals.

“We have many talented Aboriginal women among our staff and we continue to celebrate their contribution during and beyond NAIDOC Week.”

As well as colouring-in activities, visitors were also treated to a free BBQ lunch, were involved in art and craft activities to be displayed around the Hospital and took part in a smoking ceremony.

The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN) also launched Over our Tracks: SCHN Aboriginal Strategic Plan. The intention of the SCHN Aboriginal Health Strategic Plan 2018-2021 is to drive cultural change across SCHN.

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