27 May – 3 June marks National Reconciliation Week. This year is the 20th anniversary of the first bridge walk commenorating Australia’s journey towards a more just, equitable and reconciled nation.
Much has happened since the early days of the people’s movement for reconciliation, including greater acknowledgement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights to land and sea; understanding of the impact of government policies and frontier conflicts; and an embracing of stories of Indigenous success and contribution. “Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation. At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.” Reconciliation Australia
On this journey, Australians are all In This Together; every one of us has a role to play when it comes to reconciliation, and in playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and cultures.
30% of GP down staff identify as Aboriginal and so it is important for us to demonstrate our commitment to cultural awareness, reconciliation and mutual respect. We are in the process of developing an organisation Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) with staff and community consultations about to commence. Ref: https://www.reconciliation.org.au/national-reconciliation-week/
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.