Our vision for reconciliation is an Australia that embraces unity between First Nations peoples and other Australians, embedded in a shared national identity that represents equality and equity, and underpinned by acceptance of our shared history.
In the context of our organisation, this represents equal health outcomes for members of First Nations communities in south eastern NSW, and an inclusive and diverse workplace that is culturally safe, culturally rich, and proud.
We acknowledge that reconciliation is a journey based on deep understanding of lived histories, cultural knowledges, and the developing mutual respect. Building on the learnings of our Reflect RAP, we have focused on deepening our understanding of the reconciliation process, cultivating relationships, welcoming truth telling and identifying opportunities to gain better understanding.
In doing so, we have recognised the circumstances of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander ill-health and accessibility as they relate to historical impact, colonisation, and dispossession. We understand the importance of responding with culturally appropriate models of care, designed by and with the people who will use them. With focused engagement in the reconciliation process, our aim is to foster respectful and safe environments for participation and promote inclusivity across all that we do. This is understood as a whole-of-organisation responsibility.
In our Innovate RAP, we wish to acknowledge the dedication of the Innovate RAP working group for their commitment to this important work. We particularly acknowledge the generosity shown by the First Nations members of the RAP working group in truth telling and for guiding us through an authentic process.
This Innovate RAP is our commitment to the organisations and communities we work with to be truthful in our work together with a vision to progress and celebrate health, well-being and equity for and with First Nations peoples. We look forward to sharing the experiences of our journey over the next 24 months.
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