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The Art of Pregnancy

Platypus in the Waterhole by Megan Porter

Platypus in the Waterhole by Megan Porter, who participates in the Gomeroi gaaynggal ArtsHealth program. She says that the platypus is an important environmental indicator species for the health and state of the environment. It is only present when the quality of the water is clean as they are very sensitive to toxins. The two platypuses represent two healthy kidneys that have reached a healthy state of equilibrium within their watery environment.

By Kirsty Pringle & Kym Rae

Low birth weight affects one in eight indigenous Australian babies. To counter this and the ongoing health issues it causes, an art program is attracting pregnant indigenous women into a research project that also educates them and monitors their health.

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