Department of Health Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan July 2017 – December 2019

Page last updated: 03 July 2017

Reconciliation in Health

Reconciliation is a lifelong journey and a significant part of Australia’s story. Our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) will continue to help us contribute towards a reconciled Australia, in which all Australians understand and value the cultures, experiences and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

PDF version: Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (PDF 6708 KB)
Word version: Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (Word 69 KB)

Greater cultural understanding within Health will ensure we are appropriately delivering effectives health policies and programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

To achieve our vision, we will:

  • increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees across all divisions at all levels in our organisation
  • commit to nurturing talent to advance and retain our employees
  • build our cultural capability and foster relationships that support reconciliation with employees and external stakeholders
  • continue to increase engagement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses.

Our journey of Reconciliation

As a nation, Australia has embarked on the reconciliation journey together and we hope we are reflecting that same passion and commitment within Health. Our Innovate RAP articulates the commitments we will make as a department, but it is our hope that all of us will make our own individual journeys of reconciliation.

To assist employees in taking those individual journeys, in association with the RAP we have created a Quick Guide to the RAP. The Quick Guide to the RAP highlights each employee’s roles in Health’s reconciliation journey, an outline of what each of the RAP’s 13 actions contains and an overview of our journey in Health so far.

PDF version: A Quick Guide to the RAP (PDF 4731 KB)
Word version: A Quick Guide to the RAP (Word 18 KB)

Five Dimensions of Reconciliation

Health’s RAP articulates the commitments we will make as a department, but it is our hope that all of us will make our own individual journeys of reconciliation. Reconciliation Australia has identified five dimensions of reconciliation which we encourage all employees to familiarise themselves with.

The five dimensions of reconciliation: 

  • Race relations invites all Australians to build stronger relationships of trust and respect, creating a nation that values, understands and is truly proud of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous cultures, rights and experiences.
  • Equality and equity ensures all Australians are provided with equal services and opportunities and together, as a nation, we uphold the rights and appropriately recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • Unity encourages all Australians to value, recognise and be proud of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and heritage as a proud part of our nation’s identity.
  • Institutional integrity guarantees support for reconciliation is shared across Australia’s government, business and community sectors.
  • Historical acceptance hopes for an Australia that understands and accepts the wrongs of our past and the impacts they continue to have on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians ensuring we amend these wrongs so they are never repeated.

Through building relationships, respect and creating opportunities between all employees, we can continue to educate our colleagues about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures, identities and successes.

Contact

For more information please contact the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce Team.