Reconciliation artwork designed by Aboriginal artist, Gary Saunders

About

Reconciliation

Austin Health is committed to playing a role in reconciliation, and contributing to closing the life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and other Australians.

We acknowledge that we operate on the land of the Wurundjeri people, and pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and future. We also pay our respects to other Elders, and to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Out of that respect, we commit to creating a culturally-safe and welcoming environment for all Aboriginal people who come here, whether as patients, visitors or staff.

Our first Reconciliation Action Plan

Austin Health is proud to launch our first Reconciliation Action Plan.

Our first Reflect RAP is an exciting step forward in formalising our commitment to reconciliation.

The RAP outlines a clear set of actions that we'll implement over the next 12 months. These include;

  • establishing a welcoming environment across our sites,
  • improving cultural safety through education,
  • increasing employment opportunities, and
  • reviewing procurement opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander businesses.

Our first RAP is a Reflect RAP; the beginning of a formal reconciliation journey that we will build on in future RAPs in consultation with our staff and Aboriginal community.

While it is our first RAP, it builds on previous commitments, including our Ngarra Jarra Aboriginal Health Program, Aboriginal Employment Plan, and Closing the Gap Committee.