ECCO

Advocating for Equity, Collaboration and Culturally secure Osteoarthritis care for Aboriginal Australians

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about ECCO

Osteoarthritis is a leading cause of inactivity and commonly co-exists with other chronic conditions that disproportionately affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (hereinafter referred to as Aboriginal Australians). Aboriginal Australians are more likely to experience osteoarthritis than non-Aboriginal Australians but seek care at less than half the expected rate.

To address this mismatch, ECCO was formed to engage Aboriginal voices to understand and meet the needs of Aboriginal Australians with osteoarthritis.

By Mick Harding

On the left, Mick tells of a scar tree with diamonds inside the scar that represent our Liwik or Ancestors. Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities around Australia are represented by the designs alongside both sides of the scar and along the limbs of the tree.

The five large gum leaves on the bottom limbs (only 3 have been shown) represent the five management journey streams of OPUS. Two sections of wavy lines at the top and bottom of the scar, represent the journey of OPUS and how its research has a ripple effect that effects positive change within our communities.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Mick Harding is a Taungwurrung Elder and belongs to the Yowong-Illam-Baluk clan (Mansfield Region) of the Taungwurrung people. He lives with his family in the rolling foothills of Gippsland’s Strzelecki ranges, and is an active member of the Taungwurrung, local and Victorian Indigenous communities. Mick draws his inspiration from the compelling legends of his people, and weaves the images of those legends into each of his artworks.

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Graduate Researcher

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co-founder & research fellow

Ivan Lin

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Dawn Bessarab

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