Noongar FM visits the bridge

Noongar FM on the Royal Perth Hospital bridge.
July 17, 2015

To mark NAIDOC Week (6-13 July), Royal Perth Hospital hosted special guests on the bridge to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements.

Over the lunch period on Tuesday 7 July, Noongar FM broadcasted live from the bridge where they chatted to a range of hospital staff about current Aboriginal health issues and the support available to Aboriginal patients visiting Royal Perth Hospital.

Acting Executive Director Jodie Chamberlain said the live broadcast not only brought a great atmosphere to the bridge, it also provided a platform to discuss important health messages for listeners.

"As with all patients, Aboriginal people are often nervous about coming into a hospital setting – particularly as it’s often a long way from home," Jodie said.

"The live broadcast enabled hospital staff to communicate with its listeners about how we are here to help, while at the same time celebrating the wonderful history and culture of Aboriginal people."

Aboriginal tucker was on offer at the same time, with emu sausages, kangaroo stew and damper available for passer’s-by to try.

Traditional Aboriginal dancers, live music and bridge displays all added to the busy atmosphere.