27 May 2023
Following acknowledgement of the traditional owners of the lands, Robyn drew our attention to how far we have to go in closing the gap in achieving long term, better health and welfare outcomes of Aboriginal people, particularly in the area of child protection.
Having known the Committee since the late eighties and witnessed the talents and skills of this very special group, Robyn acknowledged and congratulated Maureen and the Committee members for their dedication and the long term relationship and support which has been maintained with the CPU in improving the lives of children, young people and families.
Robyn related a case history of their work in assisting a traumatized young person through the therapeutic relationships with the CPU to enable hope to rebuild and heal, which can be a long and challenging time. Robyn is pleased to inform that NSW Health has really begun to recognize the impacts of trauma across the lifespan on the health of people and are introducing a trauma informed framework for the whole of health.
A new initiative at the CPU includes the addition of a warmer, more comfortable and practical emotional space with couches and armchairs and enhanced with visual aspects of leafy details with Australian birds and animals. In addition to practical medical features, this new environment will create a welcoming atmosphere when vulnerable children and families are attending the CPU, in what can be an extremely stressful time. An official opening of this new medical room is forthcoming.