Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD)
The Gomeroi Gaaynggal Arts Health/Research Programs work
with Indigenous women to improve health literacy, access
to services, and well-being during their perinatal period. An
Indigenous artist guides creative activities to encourage selfexpression
through a variety of media. While undertaking this,
health professionals including dieticians, midwives, community
and oral health practitioners, attend the art studio and engage in
creative activities of their own.
This innovative approach encourages two-way learning
between professionals and participants. Participants can assist
health professionals in developing their artistic skills and health
professionals can explain aspects of health that are a part of their
Anecdotal evidence suggests that these women have reduced
weight, increased exercise and improved the diet of their families.