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Torres Strait artists helps map opportunities to enhance healthcare in the Far North

29th April 2019

JCU  launched its online initiative, designed to help close the gap, featuring the work of local artists, Anthony ‘Gesa’ Pilot and Brian Robinson.

The artists’ vibrant lino print and linocut artworks, Ngalpun Pawa (Our Way) and Apa Kausal, will form the banner for a web page on JCU’s GP training site, which enables prospective GPs to explore training opportunities in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services.

Professor Murray said the website is a valuable tool for recruiting registrars to training posts, where they have the opportunity to develop the cultural and clinical expertise required to address specific Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health issues.

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

“The web page will assist them to take that first step. It includes information on the location of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander training posts, as well as videos featuring the experiences of GP registrars already working in partnership with communities to improve health outcomes.”

Anthony ‘Gesa’ Pilot, from the Saisarem tribe, said his work tells the story of how his forefathers and foremothers harvested, gathered and shared food from the land and sea with the village.

“It’s important to sustain and maintain our way of life by continuing to grow our own food as well as our marine life.  Working together to ensure our current and future generations are healthy spiritually, emotionally and physically,” Mr Pilot said.

Brian Robinson, from the Maluyligal and Wuthathi tribal groups, said nature is a healer in many cultures, and the plants in Apa Kausal promote serenity, beauty and spiritual wellbeing.

“These large community gardens assist users’ health through increased fresh vegetable consumption as well as providing a venue for exercise.  They bring community closer in touch with the source of their food, breaking down isolation and alienation,” Mr Robinson said.

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