Looking to the stars before NAIDOC week

The new hospital building which will feature an artwork called the night sky.

A Westmead event, held just before NAIDOC Week will celebrate the knowledge many Aboriginal people have about the stars and skies.

The Westmead Precinct Education Hub, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and the Westmead Redevelopment project team are working with Aboriginal liaison officers across the Westmead precinct to host a special event which is open to the public on July 5 that will explore Aboriginal astronomy.

Key speaker Professor Ray Norris is an astronomer with CSIRO astronomy and space science and Western Sydney University.

Mr Norris researches how galaxies formed and evolved after the Big Bang as well as the astronomy of Aboriginal Australians.

He has also worked with several Aboriginal groups in New South Wales and the Northern Territory.

His presentation will explore the knowledge that Aboriginal people have shared with him on the sun, the moon and the stars.

Western Sydney Local Health District Aboriginal liaison officer Narelle Holden will perform a traditional star song and the Westmead Redevelopment project team will discuss how concepts of the skies of Aboriginal Australia are being integrated into new facilities at the Westmead precinct.

Event information

  • Date: Thursday, July 5 2018
  • Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm
  • Location: The Cabaret, Westmead Education and Conference Centre (WECC) Level 1, Westmead Hospital
  • Register: WSLHD-PMO@health.nsw.gov.au

Event invitation

Download a copy of the event invitation and If you have any questions about this event, please contact WSLHD-PMO@health.nsw.gov.au.