The Quirindi HealthOne team celebrated ‘Close the Gap’ day with the launch of the Michael Griffith Memorial seating area.
The cultural seating area was named in honour and recognition of Clinical Nurse Consultant Michael Griffiths, who lost his life in a motorcycle accident last year. Michael provided a high quality community focused chronic disease service to the Aboriginal communities of the Liverpool Plains area.
The event was hosted by Quirindi HealthOne Health Service manager Damion Brown who said that the day was about celebrating the life of a remarkable man and recognising the role that we all play in Closing the Gap in Indigenous health disadvantage.
“I am proud of the efforts of his team and appreciative of the partnership with the Aboriginal Health Unit in completing the cultural seating area at the front of the HealthOne facility,” Mr Brown said.
The day also included heart felt speeches about Michael Griffiths from Carolyn Bailey, Hunter New England Health’s director Community Health Strategy, Michael’s daughter Lucy Griffiths and a very warm welcome to country from two local Aboriginal school students.
The event finished with a morning tea and the cutting of the ribbon to officially open the cultural seating area by local Aboriginal Elder Uncle Ivan Slater.