Families can enjoy a brighter outlook from the birthing suites at Beaudesert Hospital with new artwork unveiled this week as part of NAIDOC Week celebrations.
Designed by artist Jeanine Young, the artwork reflects the journey of motherhood, the Beaudesert and Scenic Rim landscape and stories of the Mununjali people.
Beaudesert Hospital Facility Manager Jacquie Smith said the art, funded by the hospital Auxiliary, was a collaboration between the hospital and the community and was excited to see it come to life.
“Consumer advisors and hospital staff worked together with local Mununjali elders to come up with the concepts to inform the design,” Ms Smith said.
“I am so pleased with the result; it’s a beautiful piece for patients, visitors and staff to enjoy for years to come.”
Ms Young said what was special about the artwork was that everyone could take something different from it.
“It is a journey representing the different stages of pregnancy from conception in the morning, growth in the daytime, the labour and birth in the afternoon, and family in the evening.”
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander hospital liaison officer Sharne Iselin said it was wonderful to be able to now share the indigenous heritage of the local area with so many people visiting the hospital.
“This was a big project that has been able to utilise indigenous stories from the mountains and surrounding areas.
“These four panels focus on Mount Lindesay and the Mununjali totem of the wedge-tailed eagle, Mount Barney, Lake Maroon and pretty face wallabies which in indigenous culture represent family.
“There were so many stories to share but Jeanine has done a beautiful job of focussing on these four stories.”