Dan Madden, Executive Officer said the project commenced and ran over an eight month period from 21 October 2013 until 30 June 2014.
“The Aim of the project was to work in partnership with the Emergency Department (ED) in collaboration with Bulgarr Ngaru Aboriginal Medical Service and the local Aboriginal Communities of Malabugilmah, Baryulgil and Grafton,” Mr Madden said.
“This partnership was to identify Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients, who presented to the ED as an Incomplete Emergency Attendance (IEA) or were Discharge Against Medical Advice (DAMA), so that we could improve the identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to ascertain if there was an increase in these presentations,” said Mr Madden.
Carmel Monaghan, GBH Aboriginal Liaison Officer, who worked on the Project said, “One of the recommendations that came from the AIHQIP Project identified a need to display Local Aboriginal Artwork in the ED for a more cultural and friendly environment to improve access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who present to the ED.
“The Clarence Valley is home to three distinct Aboriginal Communities – Bunjalung, Yaegl and Gumbaynggirr from the upper and lower Clarence area,” Ms Monaghan said.
GBH is conducting an Aboriginal Art Exhibition in the Education Centre of the Hospital over three consecutive days starting Wednesday 29 April to Friday 1 May 2015 from 10.30am until 3.00pm
The intention is to provide Local Aboriginal Artists from the Clarence Valley the opportunity to showcase their artwork, which will be selected and purchased by GBH for display in the ED.