Painting shows purpose on display

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AN artwork painted by Aboriginal students has taken pride of place at Central Bayside Community Health Service’s Parkdale premises.

The artwork, reflecting Aboriginal culture across Melbourne and its surrounds, was commissioned by CBCHS and painted by Patterson River Secondary College and Parkdale Secondary students.

The art was officially unveiled on 1 June during National Reconciliation Week.

“We wanted a piece of art to display at our Parkdale site that has meaning to the local Aboriginal community and provides a more culturally welcoming environment to our services,” CBCHS acting CEO George Robinson said.

“This initiative is part of a Reconciliation Action Plan CBCHS is developing. Through the plan, we will continue to implement projects that build respectful relationships and create opportunities for Aboriginal people and help ‘close the gap’ to achieve health equality.

“Launching the artwork during National Reconciliation Week gives us the chance to reflect on our shared histories and the contributions and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.”

CBCHS offers a range of health, wellbeing and social support services including GPs and specialist medical services, dental and allied health, nursing and counselling services as well as aged care and disability programs.

First published in the Frankston Times – 12 June 2017

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