Critical step towards reconciliation
7th May 2019
South Western Sydney PHN has taken a critical step on its reconciliation journey with the launch of Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan - January 2019 - January 2020.
We believe reconciliation is where the broader Australian community understands, acknowledges and respects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures and achievements in moving forward together with a shared national identity.
At SWSPHN, we’re encouraging our community to embrace reconciliation by coming together to mark two important dates this month – Sorry Day on 26 May and National Reconciliation Week, 27 May to 3 June.
Sorry Day acknowledges the grief, suffering and loss experienced by the Stolen Generations and National Reconciliation Week commemorates two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey –the 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.
The Reflect: Reconciliation Action Plan demonstrates our commitment to building respect and relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and aims to increase support provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to access culturally appropriate health services.
We will work to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through:
Respect and cultural awareness: Ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health is part of our core business.
Relationships: Working closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities and organisations.
Needs basis: Based off the high percentage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our region.
Empowerment: Enhance health literacy and ability to make better informed decisions.
Organisation commitment: Harnessing the already existing positive commitment and providing leadership.
Workforce: Improve employment opportunities and training both internally and externally.