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New epaulettes to recognise Reconciliation Week
  27 May 2024

St John NT will recognise Reconciliation Week with the launch of new epaulettes featuring artwork illustrating how St John NT contributes to the health and healing of our community.

St John NT CEO Andrew Tombs said staff and volunteers are dedicated and compassionate about the health and wellbeing of the people we serve, with the new epaulettes worn to recognise significant days of importance to Indigenous Communities.

“As an organisation we aim to build and strengthen relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders stakeholders and organisations to create better opportunities and understanding for improved social and economic outcomes for all,” Mr Tombs said.

The artwork also adorns the St John NT Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan developed by the Reconciliation Working Group and supported by the St John Board and Executive leadership Team.

“We would like to specifically thank Darwin artist, Sarrita King, for creating our RAP artwork which illustrates how St John NT can contribute to the health and healing of our community through the work that we do” Mr Tombs said.

Ms King a Gurindji Waanyi woman living in Darwin said the artwork brought together the values, goals and ethos behind the St John NT philosophy.

“I created this piece to depict the wonderful work that they do in the community as an organisation, to depict their commitment and dedication to the communities in which they serve, both remote and inner city,” she said.

“The footprint of the artwork is based on my art series, Language of the Earth, this creates an ongoing circle, symbolic of community. Through the various bands expanding I used imagery of people, connection, health and growth. With these elements spread across the artwork, you get a sense of coming together in the combined hope of ongoing health and healing.

She said that St John NT was an integral part of our community.

 “With this artwork I hope that people can feel the connection they are delivering daily to our most vulnerable and those in need across our vast Territory,” Ms King said.

“It is great to now to see an extension of the use of this artwork incorporated as part of the St John NT uniform to recognise days of importance to our people.”

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