Connecting with Country

We acknowledge the many clan groups of the Wiradjuri Nation upon who's lands our facility is built, and all Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia, and their continuing connections to culture, land, sea and community.

We know that if we care for Country, it will care for us.

We will work with local Aboriginal Elders, knowledge holders and community members to create culturally appropriate and welcoming health facilities which acknowledge and promote continuous caring and connection to Country.

We aim to promote an understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal cultural values and practices in relation to cultural safety, hospital design, health and well-being, and we will ensure that all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people feel welcome, safe and connected when they visit, either as a patient, carer, visitor or staff member.

The project will also strengthen education, employment and business opportunities in both health and construction for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and enterprises.

As the project progresses, we will have more information about our Connecting with Country strategy.

For more information about Designing with Country, visit

Image: Macquarie River near Bathurst

A safe, healthy and welcoming place for everyone who comes here

To find out more about how we work with our Aboriginal communities to make everyone feel culturally safe and welcome, check out this case study from the Eurobodalla Regional Hospital. Image: Cultural practitioner from Muladha Gamara conducts the smoking ceremony. The ceremony took place on Yuin Country.

See the Cultural Burn video