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About the artwork

This artwork uses a positive framework to demonstrate social and emotional wellbeing in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. It highlights the primary importance of spirituality, culture, family, and community in promoting social and emotional wellbeing. The artwork also acknowledges that health professionals, such as doctors (including psychiatrists) and other health professionals, have a supporting role in helping to foster social and emotional wellbeing. The interconnection between each of these variables is recognised through the use of various coloured dots.

This symbol represents the health profession, such as doctors (including psychiatrists), psychologists, and health workers.

 

This symbol represents families (men and women) sitting around a campfire and demonstrates the importance of spirituality and culture in the everyday life of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

 

This symbol represents an individual male and demonstrates the importance of spirituality and culture in the everyday life of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men.

 

This symbol represents an individual female and demonstrates the importance of spirituality and culture in the everyday life of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

 

The dots show the interconnection between individuals, families, communities, and the health profession.

 

This symbol represents families (men and women) sitting around a campfire.

 

This symbol represents an individual male.

 

This symbol represents an individual female.

 

About the artist

Donna Lei Rioli - a Western Australian Indigenous artist - is a young Tiwi/ Nyoongar woman who is dedicated to the heritage and culture of the Tiwi people on her father's side and the Nyoongar people on her mother's side. Donna enjoys painting because it enables her to express her Tiwi and Nyoongar and she combines the two in a unique way.

 
Last updated: 20 February 2012
 
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