COLABORATION AND ENGAGEMENT
Working with Aboriginal Communities to Improve Health Outcomes
Drafting our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and supporting the Closing the Gap Day event
We have continued to engage and work alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as part of our commitment to reconciliation and improving health outcomes within these communities.
Embarking on a journey: our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan
This year we worked towards achieving our vision for reconciliation by embarking on the journey of developing our first Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
Our internal Aboriginal Working Group, Ngadlurlu Kumangka “we do it now together” was established to lead the development of the RAP, which included consultation with our Aboriginal Community Advisory Council, local Kaurna Elders and key stakeholders. The development of the Innovate RAP will support building on and providing guidance to ensure we embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and community connections into all that we do. It will guide our organisation on its journey to strengthen capacity for the provision of culturally safe, appropriate and accessible services.
We are currently reviewing out Innovate RAP with Reconciliation Australia and we look forward to its launch and implementation across a two year period between 2019 - 2021.
Closing the Gap: engaging community for improved Aboriginal Health
We were once again proud to support the annual Closing the Gap Day event which this year brought together over 2000 people. This event has certainly earned it’s name as South Australia’s largest health event for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.
Hosted by Sonder, the event served to increase access and engage community members with information, resources and local health services. Attendees could access health screening activities such as blood pressure checks, diabetes monitoring, free immunisation from our SA Immunisation Hub, and participate in Ngangkari healings.