Having to deal with 'sorry business' in the corridors of Orange hospital has been an upsetting point for Aboriginal people.
With nowhere to hold family meetings in the complex the Indigenous community has faced problems.
But, all that changed on Monday when the community celebrated the opening of the Yilimadha cultural room in the centre of the hospital.
Dance displays by Canobolas Rural Technology High School students and the Glenroi Aboriginal Dance Group plus a speech from Wiradjuri elder Aunty Alice Williams highlighted the importance of the new room for Aboriginal people of all ages.
Orange Health Service Lighthouse Project Officer Mandy Debenham said Yilimadha, which means 'our place' in Wiradjuri, was the first cultural room for Aboriginal people in a hospital in western NSW and had been created with the Western NSW Local Health District.
The Lighthouse Project aims to improve acute coronary care for Indigenous people.
"When we started looking at how we could make our service more accessible to Aboriginal people we found there was nowhere for families to meet, except in the corridor," she said.
"When sorry business is happening there was nowhere private where communities can discuss issues and grieve."
Cathy Robbins, the Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer said the room, which consists of a kitchen and separate lounge room area had cost $60,000.
VIDEO: Aboriginal dance group
"The room will be available on a daily basis. We can have up to 20-25 patients a day," she said.
Mrs Robbins said it would enable Aboriginal people to have "conversations in a more comfortable environment" in the hospital.
Wiradjuri elder Aunty Alice Williams said workshops had been conducted in the community to determine what people wanted from the room.
"We had a lot of consultation out in the community," she said.
"Us Aboriginal people we need a space where we can get together because we have big families and we like to sit and comfort each other so that's how the idea for the room came about."
"In the future it will cater to our Aboriginal people's needs.
"It's a great thing, not only for Orange, but for the whole Central West and for all our Aboriginal families that live out there and come into this space at this hospital."
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