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Smoking ceremony to mark new Bairnsdale office opening

A traditional Smoking ceremony marked the official opening of the new Bairnsdale office of Gippsland Primary Health Network on 9 September.

The ceremony was especially significant for two of the Bairnsdale staff members – Kurnai woman Naomi Kenny (Regional Services Officer -Wellington/East Gippsland) and Gunaikurnai-Gunditjimara woman, Cheyenne Mullet-Morris (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander trainee).

Naomi led the ceremony, held in the gardens opposite the new office in Main Street, performing a Welcome to Country before introducing Senior Gunai Elder, Aunty Sandra Patten.

Aunty Sandra also performed a Welcome to Country and conducted the Smoking ceremony, which she said assisted in cleansing the area and the people of bad spirits and promoted the protection and well-being of visitors.


Pictured (below from left) are Kurnai woman, Naomi Kenny, Gunai Elder, Aunty Sandra Patten, Taribelang-Gooreng Gooreng Elder Aunty Colleen Hood and Gunaikurnai-Gunditjimara woman, Cheyenne Mullet-Morris. Also pictured is Aunty Sandra Patten, performing the Smoking ceremony.


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