Monash launches Aboriginal art during NAIDOC Week 

This NAIDOC week Monash Health is excited to launch a series of Aboriginal art installations created by Dixon Patten. 

You will begin to see the art appear across our different sites in coming months. 

The artwork signals Monash Health’s commitment to creating culturally safe and welcoming spaces, and tells the story of the health journey community take when they access our services. 

The three large circles in the middle represent community coming together to help one another on their health journey. 

The central flower-shaped symbols represent our sites, guided by our values and principles. 

The smaller circles represent the diverse communities that form our broader society.  

The pathways show the connection between communities and the various sites. 

The feet represent walking in reconciliation and caring for Country. 

The waterways represent healing. 

The dots and lines depict the familial connections and knowledge being passed down and shared for millennia. They also represent the energy and flow of life. 

The ‘U’ shape symbols represent the Monash Health Reconciliation Action Plan committee meeting to implement its actions and build relationships and work in collaboration to ensure Indigenous people are able to share their culture and tell their stories and respecting all modalities of healing and cultural values. 

The three artefacts represent the different stages of our lives: 

  • The coolamons represent women and children and the connection between birth, life and death. 
  • The shields represent the strength and resilience of Indigenous people and the large hands represent the elders who share their knowledge. 
  • The boomerangs represent returning to culture to find counsel and wisdom. 

The gum leaves are significant to Kulin people, the traditional Custodians of the land and are used for ceremony and in particular; ‘Welcome to Country’. They are extended to guests of the Kulin Nation and remind us that whilst this is home to many, we have joined their community and it is always important to honour and respect Traditional Custodians. 

The silhouette figures represent the ancestors guiding our journeys. 

Dixon Patten was commissioned by Monash Health to produce the artwork contained within this document. Dixon Patten is a proud Yorta Yorta and Gunnai man and has family bloodlines from GunditjmaraDhudhuroaWiradjuriYuinWemba WembaBarapa Barapa and Monaro. 


Approved by Julia Oxley

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