Darug Language Signage Project



The Darug Signage Project oversees the integration of Aboriginal wayfinding signage into Stage 1 and 2 of the $1 billion Nepean Hospital Redevelopment. 

The signs, which feature Darug language and artwork with English explanations, have been installed at the entry points of key services and units in Building A, to help make the new hospital more culturally inclusive and welcoming to Aboriginal patients and families.   

The translations are designed to help non-Darug people learn more about the language. 

Each sign includes the unit name, Darug translation and pronunciation, and English interpretation.  

Local Darug artwork has also been incorporated into the signage to make it vibrant and engaging. 

Following a community Expression of Interest process, the artwork “Daruga Healing” by Darug artist, Leanne Watson (pictured right) was chosen to be integrated into the design of the signs to make them uniquely representative of Nepean Hospital for Aboriginal staff, patients and visitors.  

The project’s working party – which includes representation from the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, Aboriginal health staff, Darug language educators and community members – is currently considering translations and meanings for the different services for Stage 2 of the Nepean Redevelopment, in consultation with community members.   

In November 2020, the Darug Language signage for Stage 1 was successfully launched during NAIDOC week celebrations at Nepean Hospital.   

Early anecdotal feedback about the signage has been extremely positive, helping to:  

  • reduce the fear and anxiety associated with hospitals  

  • encourage earlier health interventions for Aboriginal people, as well as   

  • being a culturally appropriate and creative way to acknowledge the region’s traditional owners.