Monday 15 May 2017 - Friday 23 June 2017
A new competition will create an artwork to show the commitment of south west Victorian organisations to Indigenous health. The competition is being arranged by the GROW Healthy Together Indigenous Advisory 'Ka-ree-ta Ngootyoong Wat-nan-da’ Committee and auspiced by Portland District Health.

The winning artwork by an Aboriginal artist will be purchased and used as the Indigenous visual identifier of health organisations in the GROW committee. The health organisations in the advisory
committee consists of PDH, Dhauwurd Wurrung Elderly and Community Health Service Inc, Windamara Aboriginal Corporations, Gunditj Mirring Aboriginal Corporation, Active Health Portland, Heywood Rural Health, Western District Health Service and Casterton Memorial Hospital.
Along with the winning artwork, the art of four runners up will be reproduced up to 10 times and be on permanent display in each of the health services that make up GROW.
PDH CEO Chris Giles said the winning artwork would reflect the core business of health and each organisation’s respect for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and the
commitment to support and empower the health journey for all people. 
“The core business of the committee is about health and wellbeing which involves the guidance of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, to include learning from each other, building and expanding health services within the region,” she said.
The winning artist will receive $1600 prizemoney for the purchase and exclusive use of the
artwork with the four runners-up each receiving $250.
Ms Giles said the artworks would be displayed in the organisations to assist in creating a culturally safe and welcoming environment that is sensitive to the cultural needs of its Aboriginal workforce and community.
The competition is open to both emerging and established Gunditjmara Aboriginal artists. Artworks can be submitted to Carolyn Malseed at Portland District Health by Friday June 23.
For more information contact Carolyn Malseed on or 5522 1182.
The winner and runners up will be announced during NAIDOC week in July.


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