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One year of the PAH Yarning Circle

12 November 2021

This week PA Hospital celebrated 12 months of sharing experiences and wisdom, building respectful relationships, as well as preserving and passing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural knowledge in the PAH Yarning Circle.

The 11 November anniversary provided the opportunity to acknowledge again the hospital’s commitment to reconciliation, and to connect with our First Nations representatives who offer encouragement for the road ahead and music that calms the spirit.

Clinical nurse consultant, Joanne Tesiram, who is the PAH Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advocates and Key Stakeholders Committee chair encouraged everyone to use this harmonious space regularly. 

“I stop at the Yarning Circle to pay my respect to the Jagera and Turrbal people every morning and encourage you to do the same.

“This space also offers opportunity for clinical consultation, team building, and it is a safe and sacred place where families can gather during ‘sorry’ business,” she said.

Metro South Health Director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Trudi Sebasio is committed to future changes in the healthcare setting that will contribute to Closing the Gap for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Metro South Health and spoke of the hospital system responding to the needs of the community. 

The yarning circle also represents respectful relationships between peoples and a plan to move forward in the journey to reconciliation. This is something that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Liaison Officer, Kim Rallah, would like to see imparted to the younger members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

“We should continue to pass our cultural knowledge on to the younger members of our mob and this yarning circle offers the perfect space to do this,” he said.

“It is also a culturally appropriate space where we can encourage and support young people when they go through life’s hardships.”

Last updated 12 November 2021
Last reviewed 12 November 2021

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