NAIDOC week 2019
BreastScreen WA celebrates with art
NAIDOC week (7-14 July 2019) is a time to celebrate and acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures around Australia.
Every year BreastScreen WA participates in NAIDOC activities around the Metropolitan area, including the Mirrabooka Cultural Celebration. This year BSWA has extended its recognition of NAIDOC to include all eleven fixed clinics and four mobile screening units.
Mirrabooka is one of several BSWA clinics that was recently renovated and all 15 BreastScreen WA clinics had a bit of a facelift. When it came to decorating the clinics, BSWA chose paintings by Aboriginal artists (including some BreastScreen clients) from across WA to recognise the richness and diversity of Aboriginal peoples and cultures in our state, not just at NAIDOC week but all year.
Leanne Pilkington who has been BreastScreenWA’s Aboriginal Program Officer for nearly fourteen years says, “I love my role, as I get to make a difference each day in the lives of Aboriginal women. While screening numbers has increased there is still a lot to be done about the awareness of screening and its importance.”
It’s timely that the renovations were completed before NAIDOC week to launch the new-look clinics and highlight another BreastScreen WA strategy to promote inclusion and equity of access for Aboriginal women.
Pictured is BreastScreen WA’s Aboriginal Program Officer Leanne Pilkington (left) with receptionist Merilyn Penn with some of the art at the Mirrabooka Clinic.