Culture and colour for children

Posted: 17th Sep

Northern Health’s Narrun Wilip-giin – Aboriginal support unit – has developed a colouring book for children during their hospital stay.

The book is illustrated and designed by Aboriginal artist and Bangerang, Wiradjuri, Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Wurrung man Gary Saunders.

‘It contains 20 pages of magnificent Australian animals to colour, pass time and keep our children connected to their culture and to feel supported while away from their home,’ Mr Saunders said.

Aboriginal liaison officer Karen Bryant said the book would provide a positive influence to children going through a very challenging time in hospital.

‘It meets a key objective of the Aboriginal support unit, which is to develop and strengthen Northern Health’s cultural competence by offering ever-improving services for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.’

‘The development of this colouring book exemplifies one of our key values at Northern Health – kindness,’ said transcultural and language services and Narrun Wilip-giin director Emiliano Zucchi.

‘I think sharing culture is one of the greatest acts of kindness.

‘Not only is giving kids in hospital the book an act of kindness, it also demonstrates to the Aboriginal community that we value their culture.’