Dual Naming Project
Niina Marni! Welcome to the Women’s and Children’s Health Network (WCHN), located on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people.
In Kaurna language, our Women's and Children's Hospital (WCH) is described as a place of health that cares for women, babies, children and young people.
As part of our commitment to create a more culturally safe space for Aboriginal women, babies, children, young people and their families, we have launched the dual naming project. This project will update the signage around the Women’s and Children’s Health Network (WCHN) to include a Kaurna interpretation and translation.
This is the largest project of its kind for an SA Health Local Health Network to include an Aboriginal translation on all its signage. This aims to create a culturally inviting, safe, warm, friendly and welcoming environment for Aboriginal families accessing our services whilst educating and raising awareness of Aboriginal culture, language and history amongst our community.
The Kaurna language interpretation and translation acknowledges the strong connection to country and pays respect to the traditional owners of the land on which our hospital stands. Many of the translations provide a unique perspective on the services we provide.
Our Cultural Identity Artwork is featured on the Kaurna signs and using the WCHN Culture app will allow you to hear an audio file and pronunciation guide for the translations. Having language spoken over country is a powerful way of acknowledging the connection Aboriginal people continue to have with this land.
These tools will help provide a welcoming and safe space for the entirety of the Women’s and Children’s community.
To listen to the pronunciation of the sign in Kaurna language from your phone follow these steps:
1. Download the WCHN Culture app from the Apple App Store
2. Open the app
3. Turn on the sound on your phone
4. Direct your phone’s camera towards the sign
5. Listen to Kaurna language name for each location
Locations of the signs around the hospital are shown on the map below.
Acknowledgement statement and disclaimer
The Women’s and Children’s hospital is located on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people.
Throughout the Women’s and Children’s Hospital the dual naming signage uses the language of the Kaurna people as traditional custodians of Adelaide and the Adelaide plains. The WCHN also acknowledges that certain words or phrases may have different meaning for other language groups and cultures.
Aboriginal people should be aware that in some cases, some words may cause offense.