Country Health SA renews commitment to reconciliation

Country Health SA is renewing its commitment to cultural and system change to bring true reconciliation in line with National Reconciliation Week.

To celebrate and recognise National Reconciliation Week, Country Health SA (CHSA) Chief Executive Officer, Maree Geraghty, said the organisation is launching a new Reconciliation Action Plan 2018-2020.

“National Reconciliation Week is an opportunity for us to reconfirm our commitment to strengthening existing relationships and building new relationships with Aboriginal people and communities,” Ms Geraghty said.

“Our new Reconciliation Action Plan builds on the work already achieved in 2016-17 following the release of our first action plan.

“The plan is part of our commitment to celebrating Aboriginal culture and focuses on promoting reconciliation, ensuring a culturally competent workforce, zero tolerance to racism, and listening to the Aboriginal community’s voice on health practices.

“We are committed to meaningful reconciliation, comprising of working together in partnership, showing respect and cultural understanding, inclusiveness and engagement in decision-making, and striving for mutual benefit.

CHSA Acting Executive Director of Aboriginal Health Directorate, Terry Sparrow, said the organisation is striving to create culturally responsive, systemic changes to ensure equity and access for Aboriginal people in order to improve health and wellbeing.

“Reconciliation is everybody’s business and we all have an important role to play in taking positive steps towards lasting reconciliation,” Mr Sparrow said.

“It is important for us to never forget the past, but as a community we should now look to the future.”

CHSA will launch the new Reconciliation Action Plan in Gawler on Wednesday, 30 May. National Reconciliation Week is celebrated from 27 May – 3 June.

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