Looking to the stars before NAIDOC Week

The new hospital building, which will feature an artwork called the Night Sky

A Westmead event, held the week before NAIDOC Week, will celebrate the knowledge many Aboriginal people have about the stars and skies.

The Westmead Precinct Education Hub, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and the Westmead Redevelopment project team are working with Aboriginal liaison officers across the Westmead precinct to host a special event on July 5 that will explore Aboriginal astronomy.

Key speaker Professor Ray Norris is an astronomer with CSIRO astronomy and space science and Western Sydney University. He researches how galaxies formed and evolved after the Big Bang, and also researches the astronomy of Aboriginal Australians. Ray has worked with several Aboriginal groups in NSW and NT.

His presentation will explore the knowledge that Aboriginal people have shared with him on the sun, the moon and the stars.

Western Sydney Local Health District Aboriginal liaison officer Narelle Holden will perform a traditional star song and the Westmead Redevelopment project team will discuss how concepts of the skies of Aboriginal Australia are being integrated into new facilities at the Westmead precinct.

If you cannot attend this event, you may be interested in an event video which we will circulate. We will update you when it is ready.

Event information

  • Date: Thursday, 5 July 2018
  • Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm
  • Location: The Cabaret, Westmead Education and Conference Centre (WECC) Level 1, Westmead Hospital
  • Register: WSLHD-PMO@health.nsw.gov.au

Event invitation

Download a copy of the event invitation. If you have questions about this event, please contact WSLHD-PMO@health.nsw.gov.au.

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