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Hepatitis Queensland commissions CLO’s artwork

Congratulations to our very own artist and Northgate clinic community liaison officer Joe. Joe was commissioned by Hepatitis Queensland to create a piece of art to raise awareness for Hepatitis B. Joe rose to the challenge of creating a beautiful piece encouraging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in community to think about their liver health. It was also a good chance to encourage education around Hepatitis B, an issue which greatly affects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. What a fantastic and important piece and we’re very proud of Joe’s efforts.

Below is Joe’s artist statement:​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​Hepatitis B

The small circles, lines and crosshatching represent songlines/storylines urging communities to attend their nearest Aboriginal Medical Service/Health Service provider to discuss liver health and Hepatitis B, the footprints depict travelling to and from these services.

Larger circles are the Aboriginal medical services/health service providers, the symbols for male and female around the circles are both community members and staff that work at these services.

Hepatitis Queensland staff are the crosshatched symbols sitting in the circles talking to everyone and educating them about liver health and Hepatitis B.

 In the centre of the painting is the Hep B family tree which is a visual tool used for Hepatitis B education, with each branch reminding us to: 

  • B Aware
  • B Engaged
  • B Tested
  • B Monitored
  • B Treated
  • B Informed
  • B Vaccinated
  • B Protected
  • B United

Sitting around the Hep B Tree are people from some of the main focus groups which Hepatitis Queensland targets, males and females aged 15 to 25 years of age.

  • Males and females over 50 years of age.
  • Mothers with Hep B and their babies.