Welcome speech at the Opening of the Robertson Doctor.
27th November 2009
Hello and welcome to everyone here!
I’d like to respectfully acknowledge that we
are meeting here today on Gundungurra land also frequented by the Dharawal and
Wadi Wadi peoples.
Today we come together to bless the opening of
the Robertson Doctor a place for the healing arts. My highest wish for this place is that we are
a place for healing, but for healing to occur we need to acknowledge that
healing does not only reside with the doctor.
It is in relationship. In fact it is in many relationships: perhaps,
starting between the doctor and the patient, but also with the patient and the
ailment, with the environment, the food we eat, the things we do, the people in
our lives, and with ourselves.
This show, When
Art Meets Science, invites artists to share this
“clinical” environment, to acknowledge the interrelatedness of life. General practice, otherwise known as primary
care, is largely about the preservation of health and prevention of
disease. If we wish to be healthy we
need to nurture what makes us healthy; things that connect us to each other and
our community, things that inspire us, things that give us a sense of
wellbeing, of hope, things that speak to our spirit and soul.
We at the Robertson Doctor recognise the social,
physical and spiritual dimensions of health, life and death.
Life has many twists, turns and setbacks; and sickness
is but one of them. That modern medicine
is the sole agent for cure is a dangerous assumption as it removes us from
as stewards of our own bodies and minds.
Modern medicine gives us the ability to ease the symptoms, sometimes
mildly and sometimes with dramatic effect; however the art of medicine is not
in the drugs we prescribe, it is in the relationship we have with our patients,
the community and with the deeper dimensions of life itself.
Pi Wei Lim