Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD)
“My condition doesn’t define me. Nor is it the most interesting
part of me,” Silia, renal patient.
Being and Belonging is an exciting, engaging, collaborative
consumer-led arts project at the Regional Dialysis Centre at
Blacktown Hospital which encourages patients to get more
involved in their healthcare by expressing their experience
through art, and directly influencing their care environment.
Being and Belonging uses a consumer-led model, quirky
and inventive projects conceived through direct patient and
community consultation, an ability to engage traditionally
difficult-to-reach clients such as young adults and Aboriginal
patients, and a capacity to strengthen networks with key
The program has delivered better patient outcomes by
creating a more positive and uplifting physical space which
helps reduce tension, address isolation, alleviate boredom and