National Site of Recognition
The National Site of Recognition is part of the broader package of support under the Australian Thalidomide Survivors Support Program.
The National Site of Recognition for Thalidomide Survivors and their Families acknowledges the thalidomide tragedy in Australia. It serves as a lasting reminder to all Australians that the lessons of the tragedy must never be forgotten.
the pain and suffering experienced by survivors
the memory of those who died prematurely
the impact on their loved ones.
It is located in Wendouree Drive, Kings Park, Parkes, Canberra.
The National Site of Recognition was dedicated by the Minister for Health and Aged Care, along with thalidomide survivors and their families, on 30 November 2023.
Dedication Ceremony for the National Site of Recognition for Thalidomide and their Families – Program Booklet
The National Site of Recognition features:
a contemplative space for reflection
a symbolic glass brick gateway incorporating a ripple effect acknowledging the pervasive and enduring impact of thalidomide.
Establishment of the site
We established the site in consultation with thalidomide survivors registered with the Australian Thalidomide Survivors Support Program.
A steering committee was formed to help guide decisions about the location, design and dedication of the National Site of Recognition.
The design and construction of the National Site of Recognition involved a collaboration between us and the National Capital Authority.