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Smoking Ceremony signals start of QEII Hospital construction program

26 November 2021

A traditional smoking Ceremony was held on 15 October to affirm the way forward for the QEII Hospital Expansion Program as the hospital campus heads towards a brighter future.

The official launch to the works program included a stirring and all-inclusive welcome to country by Jagera-Turrbal man Thomas Bundambah from Tribal Experience, before attendees were immersed in the cleansing ritual of the smoking ceremony which spoke of a fresh start, rebirth and good-will for a safe construction program.

A/Executive Director of QEII Hospital, Dr Bill Kingswell said the smoking ceremony was a significant step in the construction program, which will contribute to the expansion of QEII’s services to the local community.

“The future is bright indeed as we progress a new 26-bed medical ward as part of the larger QEII Hospital Expansion Program which will allow us to offer increased medical services to this community.” he said.

Dr Kingswell said the service expansion at QEII is an essential step for the local community and a vital strategic move to managing demand in the broader Metro South Health catchment.

“Every day we are aware of the growth in our community and with this comes the increasing reliance on the public services we provide.

“One of the great things about QEII is its community spirit, and I acknowledge and respect the multitude of cultures, languages, perspectives and history that drive the significant contribution this hospital makes – and will continue to make - into the future,” Dr Kingswell said.

Last updated 26 November 2021
Last reviewed 26 November 2021

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