Gladstone Hospital Emergency Department unveils new look

Gladstone Hospital Emergency Department unveils new look

Gladstone Hospital’s Emergency Department has unveiled a new look, designed to improve the health journey of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander consumers.

A series of artworks, created by local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and Gladstone Region high school students, have been installed inside the waiting and treatment areas of the emergency department.

Photographs of local recognisable areas, that will enable consumers to feel welcome and supported, have been installed, along with Making Tracks artwork at the emergency’s department’s front entrance.

The initiative aims to remove barriers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander consumers engaging with hospital-based emergency care.

The art’s design and placement carefully planned, in consultation with Community Elders, Traditional Owner Groups Byellee, Gooreng Gooreng, Gurang and Taribelang Bunda peoples, consumers, key services providers and CQHHS business units to:

  • create a culturally safe, welcoming environment in the emergency department
  • provide visual and tactile resources to calm consumers who are in mental health crises
  • assist with navigation to and through the emergency department

The project has been a labour of love for a dedicated team of CQ Health staff who formed the Transforming Emergency Departments Towards Cultural Safety (TECS) Gladstone working group.

Chief Executive Steve Williamson said the official unveiling was a proud moment for the Gladstone community and Gladstone Hospital staff.

“The success of this project can be summed up in one word – community,” Mr Williamson said.

“We are grateful to local Elders, Traditional Owner Groups, artists and school students, and importantly, consumers with lived experience of mental health challenges, who provided invaluable input into the final artworks and photographs of significant importance to our Gladstone and surrounding area consumers.

“This project is just one step in CQ Health’s ongoing commitment to Close the Gap in life expectancy and provide equitable health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.”