Introducing our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan
Starting Our Reconciliation Journey
Aboriginal health is a key priority area for Adelaide PHN - we are committed to ensuing all Aboriginal people and communities in our region are better connected to health, and continue to work with our commissioned service providers to address health inequities and increase access to culturally appropriate services in our region.
Our vision for reconciliation is focused on the respect and acknowledgement of the unique, ongoing connections that Aboriginal people have with the land and country within our region. In 2018, we committed to establishing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to support our journey to achieve our vision for reconciliation. From the four different RAP types available (as set out by Reconciliation Australia), we aligned with the Innovate RAP, recognising our sphere of influence and establishing the best approach to implement actions to advance reconciliation with Aboriginal communities in the Adelaide PHN context.
To help establish our RAP, we consulted with Aboriginal communities, local Elders, our membership groups, stakeholders and staff. After two years of consultation, we are excited to announce that our Innovate RAP received final endorsement from Reconciliation Australia in September 2020 and will span for a period of two years from July 2020 – July 2022.
To enable our continuing journey and as part of our RAP framework, we established an internal Aboriginal Working Group, Ngadlurlu Kumangka (“we do it now together”) to lead the implementation of our Innovate RAP, which will be supported by all portfolios within our organisation.
The development of our Innovate RAP will provide us with the guidance to embed Aboriginal community connections into all that we do and will guide our organisation on its journey to strengthen capacity for the provision of culturally safe and responsible services.
Our Innovate RAP maps out the next phase of our path towards reconciliation and will:
Support us in strengthening and maintaining our relationships with Aboriginal people, communities and organisations
Support us in working effectively with Aboriginal people and communities to ensure that the services we commission are culturally safe, appropriate and respectful
Help us embrace mutual learning and ensure the success of our reconciliation journey is embedded within our organisation
Steps on our journey so far include:
Endorsement of our Innovate RAP
Formation of our Aboriginal Community Advisory Council
Commissioning of Aboriginal specific primary health care services as identified through our needs assessment
Capacity building activities with our commissioned service providers to ensure culturally safe and appropriate services
We recognise that reconciliation is an ongoing and evolving process. Our RAP signifies our commitment to working with Aboriginal people to reduce the unacceptable disparity in health outcomes that are experienced by communities. We would again like to take this opportunity to thank our Aboriginal Community Advisory Council for their continued support and guidance in developing this plan. We are proud of our Innovate RAP and to stand by the 1,000 other organisations across Australia that have formally committed to reconciliation through the RAP Program.