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    Opportunity: Grampians Health staff members Danae McDonald and Ben Wiessner want to recognise the talents and creativity of Aboriginal artists.

Indigenous art invitation at Grampians Health

Grampians Health is calling for Aboriginal artists from Wimmera tribes who are interested in displaying their art at its Horsham campus.

Physiotherapy West deputy manager Ben Wiessner said his physiotherapy colleague Hannah Burton initiated the idea to display Aboriginal art from local artists at the Arapiles building, gaining the support of Grampians Health’s executive and Horsham-based Aboriginal liaison officer Danae McDonald.

Mr Wiessner said he wanted to make use of passage walls in public-facing areas.

“We originally suggested the proposal a few years ago but it was right before COVID struck,” he said.

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“Once that happened, all artwork and posters had to be removed so that hospital walls were easily washable to keep them free of infection.

“Now we can revisit the idea and I’m really keen to get some cultural décor happening, which will not only brighten the corridors, but provide assurance for Aboriginal people to enter and feel safe when they need medical assistance from our allied health professionals.”

Ms McDonald said the gallery would recognise the talents and creativity of Koori art.

She encouraged local artists to submit their work for display by completing an expression of interest form, which will be available from her office, the Arapiles building reception or via the Grampians Health Horsham website at

The Arapiles building houses a range of allied health services including physiotherapy, podiatry, dental care, social work, dietetics, occupational therapy, speech therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, exercise programs and a movement disorder nurse.

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