Connecting Aboriginal Culture and Wellbeing to Patient Care and Safety

Work has progressed on the development of the Coffs Harbour Health Campus’ Aboriginal Cultural and Wellbeing Centre which is expected to be built later this year.

The Mid North Coast Local Health District has been working with DRA Architects to finalise the design of the centre. The National Aboriginal Design Agency (which is part of the Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance) has been engaged to create cultural designs reflecting local storylines about health and healing, which will be showcased inside and outside the building.

To assist in the design of these artworks, a group of Aboriginal students from five local high schools recently toured the Coffs Harbour Health Campus, including the Emergency Department, Maternity Unit, Community Health and the Mid North Coast Cancer Institute.

After completing the tour, the students participated in a workshop facilitated by local Aboriginal Gumbaynggirr artists to come up with designs which reflected Aboriginal patient wellbeing and healing, culture and heritage.

About 50 designs were produced by the students and the National Aboriginal Design Agency provided an independent assessment panel to review the artworks and storylines and their relevance to the CHHC. From these, six designs were chosen for the CHHC Aboriginal Cultural Wellbeing Centre.

The centre will provide culturally tailored support, information and referral for Aboriginal patients, families and visitors.

The objective is to help Aboriginal people at the hospital feel culturally safe and secure in a space that offers privacy, confidentiality and access to Aboriginal staff.

It will also help Aboriginal people to feel a sense of connection to the health service.

The aim is to create a space that will encourage a growing number of Aboriginal people to complete treatment plans and referrals and to access hospital programs and resources.

This article was originally published in The Pulse (Mid North Coast Local Health District), February 2018.

Update provided 21 April 2022.

As you know, Lismore Skin Clinic in Molesworth Street was destroyed in the recent floods, and we are trying to rebuild the site as soon as we can.

In the meantime we will be moving to St Vincent’s Hospital Specialist Medical Centre – Level 4, Suite 12 – 20 Dalley Street Lismore.

We hope to be up and running in the next two weeks (by early to mid May 2022) and our receptionists will soon begin calling our patients to rebook their appointments and catch up with their needs.

Once we have a firm opening date we will update this notification.

Our email address – [email protected] and our phone number – 02 6621 3500 will remain the same as in the past. Only the address changes for a while.

We look forward to seeing you soon in our new premises.

Many thanks for your patience and understanding in these heartbreaking times – stay safe.

Dr Gudmundsen and the Team from Lismore Skin Clinic


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Nigel Cronin
Senior Manager, Education
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0437 169 786
02 6627 3390
Based on Bundjalung Country in Lismore

Bronwyn Thirkell
Centre for Healthcare Knowledge & Innovation and Education and Events Coordinator NNSW
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0437 027 751
02 6618 5445
Based on Bundjalung Country in Ballina

Krissi Devlin
Education and Events Coordinator MNC
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0447 407 473
02 6659 1808
Working days: Monday Thursday.
Based on Gumbaynggirr Country in Coffs Harbour

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