Harmony Day at Robinvale District Health Services

A small but enthusiastic crowd visited Riverside Hostel to celebrate Harmony Day. It was an opportunity to view the wide range of services available at RDHS and celebrate the diversity of our community.

Visitors were given a small orange ribbon to acknowledge Harmony Day and promote the concept of respecting our differences and embracing our unique community. On entering, visitors were asked to write the culture/s they identified with onto pictures of cut out hands. These were then placed onto Our Friendship Tree (see picture). The Tree is on display in the waiting area of the Health and Wellbeing Centre and offers a perspective of the varied cultures within the community.

Various staff were on hand to offer an insight into their individual disciplines, including Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Physiotherapy, Community Heath, Podiatry and Social Work. The Early Years team were also in attendance to demonstrate the great work they do with various activities that assist in getting our children “school ready” – especially important in families with English as a second language.

RDHS hospitality staff provided a lovely lunch of delicious finger foods, healthy single serve salads and fruit salad cups. Health Promotion Officer – Tom Coverdale reflected on the challenges of engaging such a diverse community and promoting the healthy living message.

RDHS took the opportunity to consult with the community by requesting responses to some questions by simply placing a sticky dot on the most appropriate response. There was also the ability to offer comment on existing service delivery and other services considered as a need.

This consultation method will continue to the end of April and community members are encouraged to participate by offering their opinion. This is available in the waiting area of the Health and Wellbeing Centre of RDHS and our staff will be very happy to assist you. We value your feedback and can utilise it for future service delivery planning.

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