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Bundaberg artist helps map opportunities to enhance healthcare

21st August 2018

A new James Cook University (JCU) online initiative, designed to help close the gap, will feature the work of Bundaberg artist, Nicole Wone.

The Aboriginal artist’s vibrant mixed media, acrylic and watercolour wash painting, Healthcare; Nuturing our people, our community, will form the banner for a new web page on JCU’s Generalist Medical Training (GMT) site. The web page will enable doctors undertaking specialist general practitioner training to explore training opportunities in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services throughout Queensland.

The web page and original artwork will be unveiled on August 20 at the JCU office in Bundaberg.

JCU Director of General Practice Training (GMT), Associate Professor Peta-Ann Teague, said the information on the website would be a valuable tool in recruiting General Practice (GP) registrars to training posts, where they would have the opportunity to develop both the cultural and clinical expertise required to address specific Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health issues.

The training posts are available within a range of accredited Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services, non-community controlled Aboriginal health services, and Queensland Government health services.

“These training posts are able to equip GP registrars with the skills to contribute to closing the gap in healthcare outcomes,” Dr Teague said.

“The new web page will assist them to take that first step. It includes an interactive map detailing the location of all our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander training posts, as well as access to videos which feature the personal and professional experiences of GP registrars who are already working in partnership with communities to improve health outcomes.”

Ms Wone of the Gooreng Gooreng and Wadjanburr Yidiny People said her painting depicted how healthcare workers used their passion and skills to nurture the people within their community.

“They are giving back to the community that they are part of, ultimately strengthening each person and the community has a whole,” she said.

“The circle in the middle symbolises healing energy like that of the sun. The healing yellow, orange and red rays radiate out onto the wider community. The hands around the circle symbolise the healthcare workers and how they access this healing energy, when offering their health services to their clients.”

Dr Teague paid tribute to the university’s cultural mentors in Bundaberg, who work with GP registrars to develop an understanding of the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within the region – and the impact of that history on the delivery of effective healthcare services.

“These mentors help our GP registrars to learn the most appropriate way to relate to patients from different cultural groups. They enable us to provide healthcare in a culturally safe environment for patients, which optimises the opportunity to achieve the best health outcomes,” she said. 



Interview opportunity: JCU Regional Medical Training Head of Operation, Carol Kahn, JCU GP Cultural Educator Henry Neill and artist, Nicole Wone will be available for interview on the day. To organise an interview please contact:

Andrea Hedges                  0437 815 520

Nicole Wone                        0488 310 251

Tianna Graham                   0428 442 633


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Image 1: Aboriginal artist Nicole Wone’s vibrant mixed media, acrylic and watercolour wash painting, Healthcare; Nurturing our people, our community, will form the banner for a new web page on JCU’s Generalist Medical Training (GMT) website.

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