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RACMA Celebrates NAIDOC Week 2022

RACMA is proud to acknowledge and support NAIDOC week, 3-10 July, which this year is calling for a genuine commitment by all of us to Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! and support and secure institutional, structural, collaborative, and cooperative reforms.

National NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia in the first week of July each year (Sunday to Sunday), to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The College recognises the rich history, diverse cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and is committed to strive for improved healthcare outcomes and equal access to quality healthcare for First Nation’s people.

As the College works to implement our first Reconciliation Action Plan, the office and the Members are making progress towards:

  • Establishing and building relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples through our connections with the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA) and the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Network; and
  • Creating pathways to the development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medical Leaders through the Leadership for Clinicians scholarship for an AIDA member.

 In welcoming the opportunity to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, employees and Members are embracing the opportunity to learn, grow and be exposed to the diverse nations and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia.

This week, the College is very pleased to have engaged Dr Marshall Watson AFRACMA FRANZCP, to present the monthly CPD webinar on “Get up! Stand up! Cultural safety and competency within our institutions and looking at collaborative change”. The College office will also receive a presentation from one of our Leadership for Clinician participants – Indigenous identified doctor Dr Dasha Newington FANZCA, who will explain the importance and history behind welcome to country.

As we build respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories as is outlined in the RAP, this week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities to achieve real tangible respect. The College encourages its Medical Leaders to support their local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community through supporting the numerous local events across NAIDOC Week.

If your workplace or you as an individual attend an event – let us know by sending a picture and message to communications@racma.edu.au so we can share on our dedicated website page and across our social networks.

In playing our part as Medical Leaders we can collectively influence communities to connect with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and ensure their histories and cultures are valued. I encourage all Members to champion unity and mutual respect across their workplaces and communities every day of the year and harness the knowledge of all cultures to deliver safe, quality healthcare.

For more information and a list of events in your jurisdiction visit www.naidoc.org.au.

Dr Helen Parsons CSC FRACMA

RACMA President

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