Last Friday, on the 29th July 2022, GP down south officially launched our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Our Regional Communications Manager, Peel – George Walley delivered a powerful speech on why we are undertaking a RAP and what it will mean. These are his words.
What does a Reconciliation Action Plan do? A RAP is a formal statement of commitment to reconciliation and to extend on existing initiatives or to begin a new journey. What are the different types of reconciliation action plans? The four RAP types, Reflect, Innovate, Stretch and Elevate, allow organisations to continuously develop their reconciliation commitments. The RAP is a strategic document that will add to our strategic plan and lasts for two years. It outlines concrete ways our business can contribute to the national reconciliation movement both internally and within your community. There are 4 types of RAPs or Reconciliation Action Plans and best remembered by the acronym R.I.S.E. “R” stands for Reflect. “I” stands for Innovate. “S” stands for Stretch. “E” stands for Elevate. This RAP, our RAP is Innovate. What does that mean? The definition of ‘innovate’ is to make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products. Or to introduce as or as if new.
GP down south’s values of “compassion, respect and relationships” are demonstrated through – local knowledge, responsiveness, cultural awareness, innovation, quality of service, team ethos and flexibility of work. Karen Mundine, CEO of Reconciliation Australia congratulated GP down south on our Innovate RAP, and she look s forward to following our ongoing reconciliation journey.
The Innovate RAP journey thus far for GP down south, has been one of new and rewarding footsteps into a framework, acknowledging an Australian dual history, appreciation of best practices, and to further improve working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The process and steps involved knocking on the door of Reconciliation Australia to seek their guidance and approval, whilst immersing oneself into the process and steps of using the framework, and eventually creating milestone moments of towards achievements and ultimately, Reconciliation Australia’s endorsement for this Innovate RAP.
It was not simple at all. It was at times a frustrating process with several staff and others that showed an outstanding commitment to working with the Reconciliation Australia framework, to eventually, successfully achieve the formal endorsement from Reconciliation Australia. There was a light at the end of the tunnel.
The gathering of information was very rewarding for those involved and we were committed to achieving success.
My point is that the process made us learn more about the requirements and thank goodness it was hard because the reflective moments and learned knowledge makes the rewards more meaningful.
As we move forward with the Innovate RAP it is an opportunity for staff, GP down south corporate and the Aboriginal community to walk together.
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.