Women Elders Sewing Group
Release Date: 
Monday, 16 October 2023

A remarkable fabric sewn artwork from the Women Elders Sewing Group has been commissioned by St John of God health Care to be displayed within the Armadale Head to Health mental health centre, which is set to open in Armadale at the end of October. The artwork centres on the theme of Mental Health Week, promoting mental health and wellbeing through the power of art.

The not-for-profit group is based at the Champion Centre, a vibrant community hub known for its commitment to preserving Aboriginal culture and heritage. The artwork was initiated by active group member Beverley Phipps, while the entire Elders women's group contributed their insights and designs, providing a distinct Noongar perspective.

The official unveiling of the powerful artwork took place on Wednesday 4th October at the Champion Centre and was proudly attended by all Elders from the Sewing Group. 

Armadale Head to Health manager Ruth Lawrence said she was excited to receive this new artwork from the Champion Centre’s sewing group and to display it at the centre. “The needs of the local Aboriginal community were specifically sought during the service’s co-design process,” said Ruth. “We are privileged that as a result of that process, this group have felt comfortable to create this artwork, which will now welcome others to Armadale Head to Health and invite them to share their mental health concerns with our clinicians.”  

The artwork carries a profound message about mental health within the Noongar community, depicting a Noongar individual struggling with the challenges of mental health and its effects not only on the mind but the entire body. The artwork shows community support represented through family, friends and professionals including the Champion Centre and St John of God Health Care, eager to support the suffering individual.

It’s a story of hope, healing, and unity.

City of Armadale Mayor Ruth Butterfield said, “the striking piece of art is an embodiment of collaboration, cultural respect, and the shared commitment to mental health awareness and support.”

About the Champion Centre

The Champion Centre is a gathering place for Aboriginal people delivering activities and programs in the Aboriginal way by the City’s Aboriginal Development Team. The team works alongside the local community to share knowledge and build bridges between community and services. The centre’s reputation continues to flourish with many recognising it as one of Armadale’s pillar community facilities. 

About Armadale Head to Health

Armadale Head to Health adult mental health centre is set to open at the end of October and aims to provide caring and inclusive mental health support in a calm, safe and welcoming community setting. The service is free and will be open from 10am – 8pm every day of the year. It will be located at 65 Church Ave, Armadale and no appointment, referral or Medicare card will be needed. When it opens, Armadale Head to Health will join Midland, Gosnells and Mirrabooka Head to Health and will be the fourth service of its type to open in the Perth metro area. Armadale Head to Health is funded by the Australian Government’s PHN Program and operated by St John of God Social Outreach, part of St John of God Health Care.

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