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Arts OutWest | Wiradjuri Signage Program Expands

The award winning Wiradjuri language signage at Parkes and Forbes hospitals will now be rolled out to other hospitals in inland NSW, in local Aboriginal languages. 

Mali Marambir Ngurang: to make better place Lachlan was a project of the Lachlan Health Service Culture and Arts Program, coordinated by Arts OutWest at Parkes and Forbes hospitals.

The project involves key directional signage around the hospitals written in English beside the Wiradjuri interpretation, which is then translated back into English.

More than 20 key places in the hospitals have bilingual interpretation. For example: Ngaagigu Mulunma, (to see inside) is used alongside signage for ‘medical imaging’; Ngurang Mindyali (to be fixed fast) are the words for ‘operating theatre’. Waluwin Ngaan (‘healthy mouth’) points the way to ‘oral health’; and Wambuwanbunmaldhaany (medicine maker) points to the pharmacist.

The project aimed to make the hospital spaces more inviting, less daunting for Aboriginal people.

An Aboriginal Signage Strategy (2016-2019) has now been adopted by Western NSW Local Health District and the signage will be rolled out at hospitals right across that health region, in local Aboriginal languages . This vision will be launched at Parkes Hospital on March 17.

Local Wiradjuri Elders worked closely with Dr Stan Grant, co-author of the Wiradjuri dictionary, to ensure the words were correct and close to their English meaning.

For more information visit the Arts OutWest website.