Remembering Bali

Twenty years ago, in the aftermath of the Bali bombings, we witnessed the whole of the Australian community coming together to support the people whose lives had been shattered.

My heart goes out to all the patients and their families and friends whose lives were changed forever.

It was a privilege for our WA Burns team to be in a position to help.

The feeling of extraordinary privilege remains with me all these years later – and I’m sure that this feeling is shared by members of the Burns team, and all those who helped in the WA response.

Our team, which was based at Royal Perth Hospital at the time, was supported by staff from right across the hospital, from across the WA Health system, and from individuals, companies and organisations from around the nation. It was truly a community-wide response.

At the 20 year anniversary, it is time to reflect on the resilience of the human spirit and the power of a community that unites in the face of adversity.

This week there will be a few ways we can reflect on these events, and remember the West Australian response to the bombings.

  • Royal Perth Hospital has worked with WA Museum Boola Bardip to create a photographic exhibition of the staff and patients in the days, weeks and months following the bombings. The exhibition Remembering the Bali bombings: 20 years on will be open from Wednesday, 12 October 2022, to Sunday, 12 February 2023.
  • On Wednesday, 12 October, at 5:30 am, the Bali Memorial Association will host a commemorative service at the Bali Memorial, Fraser Avenue, Kings Park. This is a public event.


Fiona Wood

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