Building a culturally inclusive organisation: Our commitment
January 30, 2020
Our PHN is working to improve the way we work and represent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples cultures and customs through developing our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Our PHN made a commitment to commence a Reflect RAP (the first of the four RAP levels) at the beginning of 2019 and our Reflect RAP is currently being considered for endorsement by Reconciliation Australia.
The Reflect RAP is led by an internal RAP Working Group tasked with looking internally at our PHN’s processes and procedures identifying areas that can be improved to have better representation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The Working Group will scope out and explore our sphere of influence, developing relationships with stakeholders to help decide on our vision for reconciliation.
The RAP is a process of patience that requires all areas of the organisation to be analysed and considered by the Working Group. Working with an external Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander advisory group will ensure that we are fully culturally inclusive and the voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is heard.
Thirteen staff members sit on the Working Group with representation from Senior Management, the Board, and our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health team included.
The development of our Reflect RAP represents the overall desire of our PHN to build stronger relationships and to connect and share our values with local medical and primary health care providers to improve the health and wellbeing of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.