TeamKids celebrate NAIDOC Week!

TeamKids celebrate NAIDOC Week

This week, we celebate NAIDOC Week; a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society. To pay homage, the TeamKids Arts in Health Program installed three paintings in the WCH by Lyn ‘Penangke’ Jones. The paintings incorporated hands and were completed with messages of reconciliation by staff in the Hospital. Lyn belongs to the Eastern Arrernte peoples, Alice Springs but lives here in Adelaide. She is also a survivor of the Stolen Generations.

Lyn’s current role is as the Principal Aboriginal Mental Health Consultant, which is based at Port Adelaide but covers all of the divisions across CAMHS, and a collaboration of service delivery across the Women’s & Children’s Health Network and SA Health. For the last 25 years, she has specialised in Social and Emotional Wellbeing (Mental Health) and Child Protection. She has worked across Community-Controlled and Government Sectors, in metropolitan and various country regions managing S.E.W.B. Services, Workforce, Policy, Community Development and Research. Lyn is also a member of the Indigenous Allied Health Australia and the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples.

The painting series is titled, Healing Hands: In the Spirit of Reconciliation, and the three works (from left to right) are titled, Mothers & Babies, Families, and Extended Families. The hands represent the WCHN staff – Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal – who have written on the hands what reconciliation means to them. The circles below represent the Aboriginal communities who access our health services. The white dotted line’s from the hands to the community is a commitment from WCHN to work in a ‘Holistic Health Approach in a Culturally Responsive Way’ for Aboriginal consumers who access the WCHN services.

The exhibition is on display in Gallery C (Level 1 Zone E – Samuel Way walkway – on the way to the Volunteer’s Office).