Health care through kids’ eyes

Berwick Primary School student Whitney points to her artwork outside of St John of God Hospital. 158098 Picture: ROB CAREW

By Alana Mitchelson

THE second instalment of a community art project, launched at St John of God Berwick Hospital, is now on display outside the hospital construction site at Kangan Drive.
Some 50 students from Berwick Primary School were involved in the large-scale mural, and drew images to express what health care meant to them.
Berwick art teacher David Brown digitally edited and cropped the drawings to create a detailed montage of illustrations depicting health care through a child’s eyes.
“The students at Berwick Primary School were delighted and very proud to be able to contribute to this huge mural,” Berwick Primary assistant principal Andrew Horsburgh said.
“They were even more excited knowing that their meticulously drawn artwork was going to be prominently displayed in front of a local hospital that serves the local community so well by assisting those with health issues.”
This artwork follows the first installation provided by St Michael’s Primary School in June which engaged students from foundation through to Grade 6 in interpreting the question, ‘How will the new St John of God Berwick Hospital help people who are sick?’
St John of God’s Lisa Carman said the images not only depicted the hospital setting, but also conveyed children’s deeper understanding of health in displaying messages of hope, positivity and spirituality.
The children were very excited to see their artwork on display at Kangan Drive on Friday 19 August. The hospital plans to add further artwork to the wall over the coming months.