NADA worked in collaboration with the Coffs Harbour Hospital to create a collaborative design feature reflecting stories about health and healing for the new Aboriginal Cultural and Wellbeing Centre – Maam Darruyaygamba.

Aboriginal youth from local high schools were invited to attend an art workshop facilitated by Gumbaynggirr artists who mentored and supported the young people to create their artworks.

The Aboriginal Cultural and Wellbeing Centre provides culturally tailored support, information and referral to Aboriginal patients, families and visitors that will support in:

  • Helping Aboriginal people feel culturally safe & secure while visiting the hospital with a space that offers privacy, confidentiality and access to Aboriginal staff
  • Allowing Aboriginal people to feel a sense of connection to the health service by having a cultural wellbeing centre
  • contributing to increase in numbers of Aboriginal people completing treatment plans & referrals and who access hospital programs & resources
    The selected artworks were licensed by the Coffs Harbour Hospital with a license fee paid to the successful youth artists.
    The artwork has now been translated into the stairwell of the new section of the hospital as part of the hospital redevelopment.