RACP Annual Report 2022
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Goal Five
Advocating for First Nations health
The Board’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Committee (ATSIHC) has, in partnership with the Māori Health Committee (MHC), continued to guide the implementation of the College’s Indigenous Strategic Framework (ISF).
The ISF guides the work of RACP aimed at addressing health equity differences, growing the Indigenous physician workforce, equipping the broader physician workforce to improve Indigenous health, fostering a culturally safe and competent RACP, as well as meeting relevant regulatory standards.
Key elements of the RACP’s Indigenous Strategic Framework have been embedded in the RACP’s Strategic Plan 2022–2026 and the CPAC Plan 2022– 2026. The key achievements in 2022 include:
  • In May 2022, the RACP launched a fee reimbursement initiative for eligible Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander, Māori and / or Pasifika trainees in non-District Health board training settings. Four trainees have so far received reimbursements.
  • The RACP has implemented welcome activities for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander trainees.
  • Members now have access to a newly developed Curated Collection of cultural safety resources launched in February 2022.
  • We included four specific Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advocacy “asks” in the federal pre-budget submission 2022–2023.
  • We called on the Federal Government to fully support Indigenous-led measures to close the gap on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. Raising the minimum age of criminal responsibility provides an opportunity to address the crisis levels of over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in the justice system and advocate to reduce the harm to all young people incarcerated. Currently, children as young as 10 are in prison right across Australia - with exception to the ACT.