Connection to Country Calendar Launch

Calendar Launch Highlights Indigenous Connections

Gippsland Medicare Local (GML) will today launch its superb 2014 Calendar depicting the best images from the recent GML Indigenous arts initiative, ‘Connection to Country’,

The calendar represents the spiritual and physical connections felt of a range of talented and local Gippsland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who submitted entries to the competition.

GML’s Chair, Dr Nola Maxfield said the calendar was “a stunning look at our Gippsland region through the eyes of our Indigenous community”.

“Gippsland Medicare Local is very excited to provide this calendar to our Indigenous community and we are enlightened at the way the artwork manages to tell their story of connection,” Dr Maxfield said.

“Importantly, these calendars not only depict these connections to land and country but will also provide the means for our Indigenous community members to record and keep their important medical appointment schedules.”

Dr Maxfield said the one of the overall project aims was to improve and support Indigenous health outcomes in Gippsland.

“Through greater awareness of the availability of Indigenous health services and the importance of recording and keeping medical appointments, Gippsland Medicare Local is working very hard to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health,” Dr Maxfield said.

“Clearly our vision is for a measurably healthier Gippsland overall and we are very determined to see an improvement in the care and health of our indigenous communities in Gippsland.”

The calendar will be launched in Bairnsdale today Friday 13 December at 1.30pm.