RACMA recognises the rich history, diverse cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
We are committed to strive for improved healthcare outcomes and equal access to quality healthcare for First Nation’s people. A key to this is the journey towards reconciliation.
As Medical Leaders RACMA Members have a key role to play when it comes to reconciliation, according to RACMA President Dr Helen Parsons CSC.
“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,” Dr Parsons said.
“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.”
Every year on 26 May, National Sorry Day remembers and acknowledges the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly removed from their families and communities, which we now know as ‘The Stolen Generations’.
National Sorry Day is a day to acknowledge the strength of Stolen Generations Survivors and reflect on how we can all play a part in the healing process for our people and nation.
The day always precedes the beginning of National Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June), which this year has the theme of “Be Brave. Make Change.” The aim is to challenge all Australians— individuals, families, communities, organisations and government—to Be Brave in their daily lives and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can Make Change for the benefit of all Australians.
In acknowledging Reconciliation Week as a time to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia every day of the year, RACMA employees and Members are embracing the opportunity to be exposed to the diverse nations and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia.
Some key actions RACMA is delivering out of our Step One Reconciliation Action Plan include:
- Partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders organisations such as the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA) and Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME Network) through direct consultations and collaborations, full scholarships for RACMA Leadership for Clinicians Program, participation in Conferences and events and sharing of resources.
- Participation in key charities such as The Long Walk to raise awareness to improve and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, and life opportunities.
- Continuous improvement of training resources under the guidance of Indigenous medical practitioners and educators
- Formation of the Indigenous Health Working Group to advise the College on Indigenous cultural safety and wellbeing
“RACMA is committed to Indigenous health and health equity on several levels,” Dr Parsons said.
“We will continue to establish and build relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and work to create pathways to the development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medical Leaders.”
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