Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser today officially opens the $930,000 Aboriginal and Cultural Well Being Centre – Maam Darruyaygamba – at Coffs Harbour Health Campus.
Mr Fraser said this new centre, funded by the NSW Government, will provide culturally tailored support, information and referral for Aboriginal patients, families and visitors.
It will also offer support in helping Aboriginal people feel culturally safe and secure while visiting the hospital, with a space that offers privacy, confidentiality and access to Aboriginal staff.
“This important addition to our hospital will provide a quiet space away from treatment areas where patients, families and friends can sit together in a comfortable and relaxing environment,” Mr Fraser said.
“In this setting, health practitioners can meet with Aboriginal patients and their families to agree, where appropriate, on clinical decisions, treatment options and support arrangements.
“The space will also enable targeted health education programs to be delivered for indigenous people across the Mid North Coast.”
Mr Fraser said the Aboriginal and Cultural Well Being Centre has enjoyed a high level of support from our local community. It features a striking artwork installation completed by local high school students.
“The Aboriginal Cultural and Well Being Centre is one of three projects recently undertaken at Coffs Harbour Health Campus by Armidale-based JNC Group, a majority owned indigenous enterprise,” Mr Fraser said.
“The other projects are the upgrade of our hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, and Transit and Infusion Centre, to increase bed capacity and improve the experience for patients.”
Meanwhile, early works continue on the $194 million expansion of Coffs Harbour Health Campus, with the site being prepared for construction to start by mid-2019.