Impressive artwork created by Joondalup staff
for NAIDOC Week
Mental health support
for young adults
The Ramsay Way 2018 | 03 13
Joondalup Health Campus (JHC)
launched its NAIDOC Week activities
on 9 July with the unveiling of an
impressive artwork painted by staff
under the guidance of reputable
artist Justin Martin.
The “collective canvas” was painted on
‘Close the Gap’ Day (15 March 2018) to raise
awareness about closing the gap in health
and life expectancy outcomes between
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
and non-Indigenous Australians.
Under Justin’s careful guidance, it took staff
just four hours to paint the large canvas
using gum nuts, seeds, leaves and other
Feedback was overwhelming with staff saying
they learnt a lot and found the experience fun,
uplifting and even therapeutic.
Justin joined his family and JHC staff,
including his father in law, who is JHC’s
Head of Aged Care and Rehabilitation, Dr
Barry Vieira, at a NAIDOC Week launch
event on Monday 9 July.
“The painting is a colourful description of
Joondalup lakelands that highlights the
importance of the lake and all plant and
animal species that call it home,” Justin said
at the launch.
“Surrounding the lake, there a number of
different important plant and tree species
which Nyungar people used.
“There are also a range of different animals,
which inhabit the lakelands making several
trails to the lakes.”
JHC Chief Executive Officer Kempton
Cowan said the painting workshop had
been a great success.
“It was a great way to involve staff and raise
awareness,” he said. “I don’t think any of us
expected the final product to look so amazing!”
The Northside Group has launched a Young Adult Service
designed to support mental health recovery for people aged 16 to
25 years old.
It incorporates both inpatient and day program services to support and promote
the recovery and psychological wellbeing of young adults with severe and
emerging mental health problems.
Northside Group provides person-centred care and cutting edge interventions in
a safe, therapeutic and engaging environment. The service works in collaboration
with families and the community to empower young people with the necessary
skills to return to social participation and continue towards a bright future.
The Young Adult Service at Northside Group provides consultation rooms
for our specialist Youth and Adolescent Clinicians. The inpatient facility at St
Leonards Clinic has 13 private rooms and a multidisciplinary team who provide a
comprehensive program to engage patients in their mental health care.