SA Health recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first Australians and we celebrate Aboriginal culture and heritage. SA Health acknowledges how historical colonisation has impacted on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people.
SA Health is committed to strengthening existing, and building new, relationships with Aboriginal people and communities, and engaging Aboriginal people in decision making processes for matters that affect their lived experiences in the community and through the health system.
SA Health is striving to create culturally responsive, systemic changes to ensure equality for Aboriginal people across all facets of life.
Statement of Reconciliation
In 1999 SA Health became the first government agency nationally, to produce a Statement of Reconciliation. The statement was renewed in 2014 and is distributed throughout the agency as a policy directive.
SA Health is proud to have a long association with two key Aboriginal stakeholders Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia (AHCSA) and the Council of Aboriginal Elders SA (CAESA) in the development and renewal of the Statement.
Reconciliation Framework for Action
The Reconciliation Framework for Action was developed in 2013 to provides a framework for Local Health Networks (LHNs) and the Department for Health and Ageing in the development of regional Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs).
Reconciliation Action Plans
The Department for Health and Ageing has produced a Reconciliation Action Plan specific to the Department. Each Local Health Network is in the process of developing its own region specific Reconciliation Action Plan. The Plans outline how Reconciliation will be implemented, monitored and reported.
The Country Health SA Local Health Network covers 983,776 square kilometres and the estimated resident population of country South Australia is 490,635 people or 28.1% of the state.15,559 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are estimated to be living in country South Australia which is 51% of the state’s total Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.
The Country Health SA Local Health Network (CHSALHN) RAP 2016-2017 will build strong relationships and enhance respect between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other CHSALHN staff, as well as setting out their aspirational plan to pursue the best possible health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
National Reconciliation Week
Each year between 27 May and 3 June Australia celebrates National Reconciliation Week (NRW). NRW celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians and marks important historical events in the reconciliation process.
This year marks two significant anniversaries in Australian history:
- 27 May: the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum which led to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people being included in the Australian census; and enabling the Commonwealth Government to make laws for Aboriginal people; and
- 3 June: 25 years since the historic Mabo decision in Native Title.
The theme for National Reconciliation Week 2017 is ‘Let’s take the next steps’.