2022 - Year in Review

Hornsby Hospital honours First Nations in building name

Celebrations in front of the new building

The new building at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital is named in honour of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

When visitors and patients come to the new hospital, they will enter the Muru Jannawi building. Muru means “path” and Jannawi means “with us” and together the translation is ‘’take the path with us.” It is pronounced mooroo yannawi.

name unveiling, which featured a Welcome to Country from Aunty Tracie Howie, who is a direct descendant of Bungaree and a Guringai Traditional Custodian. The day’s events also included a smoking ceremony and dance by Koomurri and a feast of Indigenous bush tucker food featuring kangaroo, crocodile and bush herbs.

Speaking at the event, former chief executive Deb Willcox said it was lovely to see the new hospital acknowledge the First Nations people through the building’s name, greeting signs and art. “This is really special day and it is wonderful for staff, patients and the community to have a hospital they deserve,” she said.

Staff took part in a special celebration at the building’s

(Left to right): Simon Hill and Deb Willcox with Pink Ladies’ volunteers June McCarthy and Brian Minnett, Lois Birk and NSLHD Deputy Director Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Service Paul Weir

(Left to right) Simon Hill, retired volunteer Win Newton and Deb Willcox

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