HELPING consumers feel safe, connected to country and not alone is the aim of artwork planned for the link bridge to West Moreton Health’s new Mental Health Acute Inpatient Service.
When proud Goreng Goreng artist Rachael Sarra consulted with local Elders on design details recently, she was asked to produce work that would be of comfort to young adults in particular.
Suggestions included footprints to help consumers find their way and provide guidance and spiritual connection; and handprints to symbolise healing and reaching out for help.
Rachael whose creative work can be seen on the side of Ipswich Health Plaza said the guidance from Elders gave more meaning to the artwork. “When I create art, I want it to reflect the community,” she said.
“My aim is to create a culturally safe space to help them feel connected, particularly if they are feeling alone.”
While being meaningful, the art will double as a privacy screen for the footbridge linking the Hospital with the Mental Health building.