Events, News 29 March, 2021

Central Bayside Community Health Services (CBCHS) was proud to officially launch its Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) at a special community event on 25 March.

The event, which also marked National Close the Gap Day, included a Welcome to Country and Traditional Smoking Ceremony.

A unique artwork painted for the RAP was unveiled by Aboriginal artist, Tammy Chatfield.  Tammy was our guest speaker and shared details on the local symbolism and significance of her artwork.  Tammy also pointed out a notable connection she has with CBCHS – she was born at the former Mordialloc hospital – the location of our Parkdale site where the event was held.

As a Community Health Service, CBCHS has an important role to play in helping to Close and Gap in life expectancy for First Nations Peoples and improving health and opportunities for local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.   Through our Innovate RAP, CBCHS is working on a range of projects to help ensure services meet the needs of Aboriginal people and increase access in a safe and welcoming environment.

CBCHS provides a wide range of health, wellbeing and social support services including dental and allied health services, nursing and counselling as well as disability and aged care programs. These services are free for people who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

Thanks to the City of Kingston and Bayside City Council for their valued support of this event through a community grant.

Please click here to view the CBCHS Innovate RAP.

Pictured: L-R: CBCHS Board Chairperson, Janice Munt; Aboriginal community members Reg Shelley and Allan Liddle; CEO Deb Stuart and Community Advisory Committee Chairperson, Peter Spyker AM with the artwork painted by artist, Tammy Chatfield.