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Gecko by Donna Lei Rioli Donna Lei Rioli Donna Lei Rioli - a Western Australian Indigenous artist - was commissioned by the HealthInfoNet in 2008 to create a new logo incorporating a gecko for the re-development of its website. The gecko was chosen because it is one of a few animals that are found across the great diversity of Australia.

Donna is a young Tiwi/ Nyoongar woman who is dedicated to the heritage and culture of the Tiwi people on her father's side, and the Nyoongar people on her mother's side. Donna enjoys painting because it enables her to express her Tiwi and Nyoongar and she combines the two in a unique way.

Donna interpreted the brief with great awareness and conveyed an integrated work that focuses symbolically on the pathway through life. This is very relevant to the work and focus of Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet in contributing to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.


Pathway through life
The central section moving upwards represents the pathway through life acknowledging the health issues along that path.
Circles represent different areas of our health
The circles in Donna's painting represent the different areas of our health.
Doctors, hospital, specialists we see when we need to get help, need to get better
The lines with circles at either end represent doctors, nurses, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers, other health practitioners and hospitals. Donna recognises that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people look at health holistically and all areas of a person's life must be healthy and well.
Last updated: 18 April 2016
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