The addition of an Aboriginal flag above Launceston General Hospital has been acknowledged as an important step in strengthening the hospital's connection with the community it serves.
The Australian, Aboriginal and Tasmanian flags have bee reinstated at the hospital as part of an initiative of the Tasmania Health Service Northern Aboriginal Action Group (rana rrala payngana rrala).
The group was formed in late 2019 with the palawa kani name meaning "strong body strong mind" and have since guided actions to make the LGH, and areas across THS-North, more culturally appropriate, respectful and welcoming for Aboriginal people.
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Member Clyde Mansell said previously the Aboriginal flag had gone largely unnoticed in its position within the hospital. Now raised above the main entrance, with lighting meaning it can be flown 24/7, he said it sent a clear message.
"It's a part of making both the services and the building available to the Aboriginal community culturally appropriate," he said.
"Reestablishing the continual flying of the flag is a major part of that.
"Keeping with other government buildings around the state, the Aboriginal flag is an indication they are providing services for Indigenous people."
The hospital's capital works team completed the work shortly before Christmas.
Nursing director primary health Fiona Young said it had been some time since flags had been flown at the front of the hospital, due to a safety issue which had now been addressed.
"The Tasmania Health Service values the relationship and partnership formed with the rana rrala payngana rrala group members and is committed to the provision of health care that is culturally appropriate and meets the health care needs of Aboriginal people," she said.
"The group has identified further actions that will be progressed throughout the year."
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