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Artwork to highlight cardiovascular health in Aboriginal communities

Aboriginal artist and Prince of Wales Hospital patient, Christine Peterson (right) and her sister, Carol Peterson (left), recently donated a traditional Aboriginal painting to the hospital's Dickinson 3 North ward.

Traveling from Mount Liebig, Alice Springs, Christine required urgent treatment for a long term heart condition, and was transferred to Prince of Wales Hospital, where she stayed for 2 weeks convalescing after her treatment. 

In appreciation for the excellent care and support Christine received whilst at the hospital, Christine and her sister Carol have donated the artwork to the hospital’s Dickinson 3 North ward. The artwork aims to highlight cardiovascular health and draw attention to closing the gap on Aboriginal health.

Dr Leigh Cummins was one of the medical staff who cared for Christine whilst on the ward and is pictured receiving the artwork.

Prince of Wales Foundation Chief Operating Officer Leanne M Zalapa was thrilled to receive the generous donation, saying “We hope receipt of this artwork will help to highlight cardiovascular health in Aboriginal communities, and in particular indigenous women.

“Heart disease kills more than three times as many women as breast cancer.  Through our heart smart program at Prince of Wales Hospital we are proud to working to make more women aware of the need to know the signs and symptoms of heart disease”, Ms Zalapa said.

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