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New floor signage brings comfort to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients

10 September 2020

PA Hospital’s Surgical Care Unit (SCU) has taken a novel approach to communicating coronavirus infection control advice with the integration of First Nations artwork into the design of directional and social distancing floor markers.

SCU Nurse Unit Manager Brock Yates said the idea was to make Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients feel more welcome in the clinical setting.

“We have representation on the NAIDOC Committee for the hospital and we kept hearing that PAH doesn’t have Indigenous art like other hospitals do,” Brock said.

“After the first wave of COVID-19 we had to develop signage to promote wayfinding and social distancing within the hospital, so the team thought it was a great opportunity to integrate First Nations artwork into the design.”

Brock said the public reception to the new floor signage had been entirely positive.

“We showed samples to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and they just loved it. We’re glad the new artwork is helping make patients feel more comfortable about coming to us for care, and at the same time expressing the social distancing rules to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission.”

A&TSI Hospital Liaison Officers Glenda Brooks and Tanya Kitchener said the effort the SCU team was making to support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community was reflected in patient feedback.

"To see what SCU is doing is very humbling. It can be very scary going in for surgery but when patients see those tracks there, it makes them feel a lot more at ease," they said.

"It’s definitely making a difference."

Last updated 10 September 2020
Last reviewed 10 September 2020

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