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Sense of belonging behind Ettalong artwork acquisition

Two new distinctive artworks now adorning the walls of Ettalong Medical Centre aim to highlight the beauty of Aboriginal art and its importance in communication between generations of First Nations people.

Acquired through a grant provided by the Primary Health Network in honour of NAIDOC Week 2022, the artworks from the Warlukurlangu Artists of Yuendumu illustrate the nature of The Dreaming.

Across the Hunter New England Central Coast PHN over $120,000 in NAIDOC Week grants were delivered to primary care providers including General Practice, Allied Health, Commissioned Service providers as well as Aboriginal Medical Services.

Learn more about the artworks – Lappi Lappi Jukurrpa and Yankirri Jukurrpa

Lappi Lappi Jukurrpa (Lappi Lappi Dreaming)

Lappi Lappi Jukurrpa (Lappi Lappi Dreaming)

Christine Barrow from Ettalong Medical Centre said the NAIDOC Week grant was an opportunity for the practice to help educate the community. The artworks are hung waiting rooms, along with the certificates of authenticity which tell the story of each piece.

“These original and distinctive paintings draw our patients and the community’s attention to the beauty of genuine aboriginal art and the importance of art to the Aboriginal peoples as a way of communicating between generations and sharing stories,” she said.

“Since hanging the paintings to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2022 we are very pleased to report that we have received many positive comments from our patients.

Yankkirri Jukurrpa (Emu Dreaming)

Yankkirri Jukurrpa (Emu Dreaming)

“We hope these paintings will serve to provide a means of education for our community and break down barriers to health care and discrimination. We also hope that these paintings will assist our first nations patients to feel that Ettalong Medical Centre is a place where they belong equally and will be treated with the same level of respect and dignity as any other patient.”

Ettalong Medical Centre consulted with Central Coast-based Bouddi Art Gallery, a social enterprise that specialises in the acquisition of genuine and certified aboriginal art. The Gallery supports the cultural and economic sustainability of not-for-profit Aboriginal-owned Art Centres in remote communities.

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