Issue 3 • 2021

The RACP launches second Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan in Australia

An initiative of the RACP Indigenous Strategic Framework
Healing Place artwork
The second Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan: July 2021 to July 2022 (RAP) launched in Australia is a strategic initiative of the RACP Indigenous Strategic Framework Priority 4 focused on fostering a culturally safe and competent College.
Our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan has an important role in supporting our Indigenous Strategic Framework’s commitment in Australia to:
  • reduce health inequities between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander physicians
  • create a culturally safe College for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Our first Reflect RAP ran from February 2019 to February 2020. Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to run a second Reflect RAP. This will allow us to improve our confidence in delivering RAP activities and complete tasks delayed by the pandemic.
The RAP provides a structure for us to support the national reconciliation movement and formalise our efforts to achieve reconciliation. It is endorsed by Reconciliation Australia and focuses on relationships, respect, opportunities and governance. We encourage all members based in Australia to read and learn more about our latest Reflect RAP and look into how they can contribute to their own workplace RAP.
In Australia, ‘cultural safety’ is defined by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) as “the individual and institutional knowledge, skills, attitudes and competencies needed to deliver optimal healthcare for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander peoples as determined by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and communities”.
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