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Hospital artwork project a finalist in NSW Premier’s Awards

Oct 19, 2020

The arts in health infrastructure project at Macksville Hospital has been named a finalist in the 2020 NSW Premier’s Awards.

The striking project is one of six finalists in the Well Connected Communities with Quality Local Environments category.

The Arts in Health Strategy within the new Macksville Hospital used arts as an engagement tool to relocate a community from one established hospital site to the new greenfield site, providing a sense of familiarity. Art provides a deep-seated cultural safety for the Gumbaynggirr people seeking care.

Five art initiatives were delivered, and it was the creation of the works of art with three schools in Bowraville, Macksville and Nambucca supported by 12 organisations that set a new benchmark for NSW Health working across three river communities to deliver shared social infrastructure for improved generational health benefit.

Partners in the Health Infrastructure project included Mid North Coast Local Health District, Macksville District Hospital’s Aboriginal Reference Group and Arts Working Group, the National Aboriginal Design Agency, Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance, Nambucca Heads High School, Macksville High School, Bowraville Central School, Muurrbay Aboriginal Language and Culture Cooperative, Bowraville Local Aboriginal Land Council, Unkya Local Aboriginal Land Council, Nambucca Heads Local Aboriginal Land Council, Bowraville Women’s Group, Country Women’s Association Macksville, and Nambucca RSL Club.

The NSW Premier’s Awards celebrate excellence in the delivery of public services to the NSW community by the public sector, not-for-profit organisations and private businesses.

Winners of the 2020 NSW Premier’s Awards will be announced at an online awards ceremony on Wednesday 4 November 2020, from 4pm.

For the full list of finalists visit the NSW Premier’s Awards website.

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