Member for Hornsby Matt Kean, Molly Florance and Paul Weir of NSLHD’s Aboriginal Health Service

Member for Hornsby Matt Kean officially unveiled a specially designed mural created for Bungee Bidgel Aboriginal Health Clinic, located at the Hornsby GP Unit.

The mural was designed by Aboriginal artist, Jessica Johnson, who explained to Matt the significant meaning of the painting, which was brought to life through the assistance of a grant from the NSW Government's Health and Arts program.

The brightly coloured painting adorns the wall that is the entrance to the GP Unit and signifies the many pathways people take to an Aboriginal health service, featuring an Aboriginal flag and a dingo offering protection.

The GP unit's director, Dr Elizabeth Marles, and Clinical Nurse Consultant, Mary (Molly) Florance, of the Aboriginal Health Service, gave Matt a tour of Bungee Bidgel, which opened in mid-2015 following consultation between the NSLHD Aboriginal Health Service, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of Northern Sydney, Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital GP Unit, Community Health, Northern Sydney Primary Health Network (*then Medicare Local).

Speaking at the event, NSLHD Chief Executive Deb Willcox said it was important for the local Aboriginal community to know they had a safe place where they could access health care and services without fear or prejudice.

"Bungee Bidgel is a great example of what we are trying to achieve," Deb said.

"The work that our Aboriginal Health Service does in its endeavour to address social determinants and provide health services."

The name, Bungee Bidgel, means "I'm better" in the two Aboriginal languages local to the area. Patients attending the clinic have access to GP services 6 days a week through the GP Unit, as well as access to dental health, mental health and allied health services within the LHD, and legal aid advice.

 

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