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Our Albury Wodonga Regional Hospital project provides a unique opportunity to celebrate Country and work closely with our local Aboriginal community to build a better hospital together, for everyone. 

The project team is committed to embedding community input into the planning and design process as early as possible, to ensure we create a culturally sensitive and meaningful hospital where everyone feels safe and welcome. 

Through the NSW Government’s Connecting with Country Framework, our new hospital will be developed with a Country-centred approach guided by local Aboriginal people, who know that if we care for Country, Country will care for us. 

As part of our first Connecting with Country design jam in June, conversations with local Aboriginal Elders and community focused on exploring a series of design narratives and storylines to understand the history, significance, needs and purpose of place. 

This week we held our second design jam to understand how our new hospital can feel connected to, and cared for, by Country. 

Our passionate group of Aboriginal Elders, local organisations and community representatives took to pen and paper to come up with a range of creative and colourful ideas to help shape the redevelopment of the hospital.

The project team will now work with the health service, architects and planners to incorporate these ideas into the next phase of planning and design. 

The design Jam took place on Wiradjuri Country and was facilitated by Yerrabingin with Albury Wodonga Health and Health Infrastructure. 

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