We are approaching NAIDOC Week, which we celebrate every year. This year feels especially significant because towards the end of the month we will launch our own Innovate RAP. The Innovate RAP has been over two years in the making and has taken a lot of consultation and work to get it right and to get it endorsed by Reconciliation Australia. This is a tangible demonstration of how as an organisation we get up, stand up, show up.
An Innovate RAP runs for two years, and outlines actions for achieving our vision for reconciliation. Innovate RAP commitments allow us to gain a deeper understanding of our sphere of influence, and establish the best approach to advance reconciliation.
An Innovate RAP focuses on developing and strengthening relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, engaging staff and stakeholders in reconciliation, and developing and piloting innovative strategies to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Firstly, let’s look at what reconciliation actually means. For us, it is the opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to building strong foundations and meaningful relationships to work towards greater equity within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. To show the 25% staff who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander that as an organisation, we are committed to building capacity and seeing success for them and their communities. And to ensure that GP down south is an employer of choice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
“To achieve reconciliation we have to respect, reflect and acknowledge the unique contribution made by First Australians and to have clear, open and sometimes courageous conversations about our real shared history since colonisation.” Reconciliation Western Australia
Part of the process will include developing a RAP Working Group – which will be led by George Walley and staff members who would like to join. The Working group will work through our Action Plan to ensure the goals of building those relationships within GP down south, with our stakeholders and the broader community are met. The RAP will embed our strategies, policies and procedures all the positive things we are currently doing and move beyond those to ensure that we lead the way to elevate equity, and better relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and the rest of the community.
Next week we will bring you some of the events our offices hosted for local community.
GP down south is an exemplary not-for-profit community organisation. We have been providing health and wellbeing services in the Peel regions and the South West of WA since 1994.