Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Aboriginal Health – WCHN Dual Naming Project

Aboriginal Health

WCHN Dual Naming Project

Aboriginal Cultural Identity Artwork

Niina Marni! Welcome to the Women's and Children's Hospital (WCH), located on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people.

In Kaurna language, our hospital 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 Link iconWCHN Culture app from the Apple App Store
    WCHN Culture app
  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 (coming shortly).

 

last modified: 28 May 2021