Emma Bamblett connecting through storytelling, culture and Country


Series Producer Clare Pickering has a yarn with the creator of the podcast artwork about connecting through storytelling, culture and Country.

A bit about Emma

I am a proud Aboriginal woman descendant from the Wemba Wemba, Gunditjmara, Ngadjonji and Taungurung people and was born and raised in Echuca on the Murray River. Since moving to Melbourne 19 years ago, I have found inspiration and motivation from the arts community and had a wonderful opportunity through events such as the Koorie Night Market, Koorie Heritage Trust and Craft Victoria to showcase my artwork.

I have recently collaborated with my long time work colleague, Megan Van Den Berg, on our exciting small business Kinya Lerrk – kinyalerrk.com.au. We have a strong history of collaborating on art and design projects.

My style of mediums are acrylic on canvas and I love to show the bright and vibrant colours through my artwork. I hope people see and feel what I am feeling when they look at my paintings.


Country (from): Yorta Yorta (Echuca on the Murray River)
Country (currently living): Naarm (Melbourne) 


Creating The Deadly Physios artwork

     To watch the video of Emma creating The Deadly Physios
     artwork, click here.







This painting represents the journey of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and the importance of reflecting connection to culture and Country through truth-telling.

There are three circles within this art piece that represent the core foundations of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

  • The purple circle on the left side of the art piece with the two symbols of people, represents storytelling. The curved lines coming from the heads represents truth-telling.
  • The top circle with the figure symbol represents the importance of social and emotional wellbeing for Aboriginal people and the importance of having an Indigenous physiotherapist.
  • The blue and green circle on the right side of the art piece with the circle and hill formations represents the importance of connection to Country. The hill formations represent land and mobs.

Around the art piece there are blue and purple circles connected by curved lines. They are ways we connect, build relationships and support community.

The continuous lined work throughout the art piece represents respect and strength in Aboriginal culture. It is throughout and always alive.

The orange areas with the circles connected by straight lines represents sharing knowledge. They are different sizes and shapes to highlight the diversity and differences in community knowledge.

Listen to The Deadly Physios playlist on Spotify.
Watch the ABC's You Can't Ask That (Series 1, Indigenous episode) as mentioned in the podcast.


Creators: Marko Stechiwskyj and Clare Pickering
Producer: Clare Pickering
Editors: Clare Pickering and Ali Aitken
Post-production: Ali Aitken
Artwork: Emma Bamblett
Theme music: Rudi Louis Taylor
APA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy Officer: Lowana Williams
APA marketing team:  Nichola Stamatakos and Barbara Karametos
APA graphic designer: Mick Hibbert
APA communications: Claire Macuz
Website design: Eddy Kim

Thank you to The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies for helping us locate our Country.

We would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the many lands across Australia and pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging. We recognise their enduring connection to the lands and waterways of this country and thank them for protecting and maintaining this country for us and future generations.